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Artist: CO.,INC
Title: Hollows Time
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $16.00
"Just quietly, Jon Chapman has spun through a variety of incarnations in the years leading up to this well tasty cd of electronic delights. From founding the ever-expansionist Double Leopards in Philadelphia and appearing on their first three records, he went on to jam with Pearls Before Swines Tom Rapp; hes also sat in on the never-ending drum circle of outback Australian life, as well as fronting the worlds first Skullflower tribute band. Now resident in Dunedin, New Zealand, Hollows Time marks a maturity of the home-cookin electro vibe that dates back to the very first Co;Inc cassette in the mid nineties. Improvised and composed impulses collide in a mess of short-to-middling tracks that display a refreshing simplicity and clarity of purpose. Rough, pitted, obtuse, impossible electronica building blocks are juggled and arranged into floating ocean cities by genius lemurs under Chapmans firm but friendly direction. Housed in a gorgeous handmade and letterpressed (more like letter-hammered) sleeve, this marks out the down-under ex-patriate free-electronica art-folk slicker-trash scene as one to keep a close eye on." - United Fairy Moons.

Artist: EYE
Title: Black Ice
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $10.00
"You need concentration at an Eye gig. But once youve dropped into the low, low, stiff-backed chair that they provide and put on your goggles, things start to happen. Eye are the original Quiet Men with Something Terrifying to say. And there are very few people who exit their shows who arent shaking their heads, glancing sideways, and saying something profound like ...wow... in a half-voice. We at UFM are proud to release this, the first full-length Eye cd, in the year that marks 25 years since percussionist (and these days samplist non-paralleled) Peter Stapleton first pounded the goblin drums on the very first release on legendary NZ imprint Flying Nun, The Pin Groups Coat. That hes now playing some of the best drums of his life, and that this collaboration with guitarist Peter Porteous and turntablist Ryan Cockburn (aka Spit) has all the hallmarks of his truly great groups like the Victor Dimisich Band and the Terminals - i.e. its a band that is truly more than the sum of its parts, and knows it, and exploits it to become an entity in legend and dreaming(well, maybe you need to BE THERE to understand that fully, but still.....) - is something to mark well." - United Fairy Moons.
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Artist: RAY OFF
Title: Ghost Wolf
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $10.00

Artist: RAY OFF
Title: I Am Not In The Racing Sky
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $10.00
"Ray Off and his three year old son were staring at the clouds one day when the boy made a comment that became the idea behind and the title for Offs first large-scale band "composition". Realised by a crack pick-up group in three weeks and performed to an unprepared gathering at Dunedins None Gallery space, the piece is a fog of harps and sheeps; a cello dissolving in tears to chanteuse Pamela Poppins heartening sirenic solfege. The 27 minute recording seemed a good centrepiece for a cd celebrating a year of "off" actions, and is bookended by two live improvisations. "First Ray" starts off sounding like Black Dice on Sunday morning, before giving way to a cellos conversation with a cliffs edge; "Chinese New Year" sticks one half-thought-out guitar riff into a pipette and attempts to build a ship in a bottle out of broken biscuits." - United Fairy Moons.

Artist: SINKING INFINITIES
Title: Forever Young
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $10.00
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Artist: SINKING INFINITIES
Title: Thousand-Year Reich
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $10.00
"As we now know via Mr Conrad, Mr Cale, Mr Licht and the reissue programs of the world, minimalism in its infancy had a high birth weight and screamed for its fucking dinner. No gentle whisps of wind, this, but a blunt seismic shudder that was felt around the world in countless forms but sharing at its heart a primitive, immersive love of volume, stasis and the riff that stops time. So enters this tribute of sorts from the duo of Jon Chapman (ex-DOUBLE LEOPARDS; Rory Storm & The Invaders) and Jim Currin (ex-Three Forks; Ray Off) who, without thinking about it too much, or hardly at all in fact, take some of the moves inherent in the evolution of minimal thought such as those that may be seen in the still-ongoing career of one Steve Reich and use them as a takeoff point for a blitz of soaring drone, clutzy phasing tableaus, and chronic, chronic noise, always with an ear open for those strange cross-rhythmed universes that have melted hearts ever since he first came out to show them. Somewhat indicative of the madness that enveloped the pair on their recent Australian tour, this follows on from the icy electric floatings of their debut Forever Young, and will be bookended later this year by the natural follow-up, The Life Of Riley" - United Fairy Moons.

Artist: SPIT
Title: Trash Music Spitacular
Format: CDR
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $9.00
"Some projects take time to mellow, to pick up lint and absorb spilt coffee grounds. Trash Music Spitacular was months and months in the making and was an exhibition (at the Segue Gallery this past April), a masters thesis, a group-participation extravaganza, a public relations bonanza (nice photos of the unusual artist in all the papers) and finally now a CDR. And necessarily, no CDR can give you much beyond basic pointers when dealing with such a whirlwind of activity but lemme tell you a little about what went down. You had, firstly, a room and a corridor strewn - I mean, strewn - with sculptures etched with thought on the nature of recorded sound and the various traceries of musickal hardware. Then, every day for two weeks, performances. You had Kim Pieters painting notation onto graph paper while RC played the piece as the ink dried; a street horn - an absolutely massive length of metal piping with a stylus welded onto one end that was then dragged up and down Burlington St; a pile of wrecked furniture, taller than a man, wound with piano wire and played with anything available by RC and Aliki, with harpist Katrina Thomson (Ray Off) jamming along; a cellist in evening dress alongside a ghetto blaster that was being buried under a four foot high mound of coal; two homies on the 16rpm decks, while a drunken idiot rambled on about the secret punk beginnings of Snoop Dogg... thats a few of em. Flux as hell, yes? Well, possibly the best thing I saw was one night in the bellringers chamber of the church next door (the oldest church in Dunedin). Cockburn had the actual bellringers of this place perform a chance operation composition, with each ringer assigned a number and him rollin the dice. Balls like big fluffy dice, this guy. Youll hear a section of that on this disc - and much else besides. Its really nicely varied, concisely edited - most pieces are fairly short - and gives a good overview of a guy whos a pretty zoned and imaginative cracked-sound thinker. Ryan was initially known to us music-heads around here as the guy who cut records in half, glued em back together all wrong, then made a hell of an invigorating racket - theres none of that here (but plenty on Eyes Black Ice CDR, him being a member of that group). Hes just, you know, got a lot to offer. Something that Melbourne, to where hes about to relocate, is going to learn very fast." - United Fairy Moons.

Artist: THREE FORKS
Title: Seven Layer Ape
Format: CD
Label: United Fairy Moons
Country: New Zealand
Price: $13.00
"This collection of 2002-04 recordings by the recently deceased Dunedin trio Three Forks is the first widely available disc to feature guitarist Donald McPherson since 2001s solo effort Bramble (metonymic), praised for its originality and McPhersons obvious mastery of guitar picking, His longstanding weekend duo with Sandoz Lab Technician Tim Cornelius was expanded early in 2002 to include James Currin, and although they didnt play out for over a year they setttled down to regular jamming and recording, initially concentrating on shortish improv power-trio jams, on guitar, drums and cello respectively. This first phase is represented here by two tracks, Ums and Ahs and Peru, with McPherson way out front on electric guitar, his extraordinary improvising imagination leading the group down a line somewhere between rock and a giddy free-jazz cuckoo-fest. By the time of their first shows in 2003, the balance had spread out with Currin and Cornelius contributing on a wide variety of instuments, and McPherson mainly on acoustic. In this year they recorded Baby Ives, released as one half (with Eye) of a lathe-cut 10", which veered wildly in mood between the hideous and the gorgeous, with vocals, radio and drum machine used in addition to the acoustic arsenal - it was a pointer towards the strange, rickety beast that is represented on the 03/04 recordings here. The opener Dust Tea is a quiet beauty, simple violin and cello framing McPhersons entrancing home-made-guitar plucks. Otaru Vision and Trimming The Verge drone and saw, playing elevation against irritation with strong noise elements, while Page 99 and Drunken Traffic achieve a level of melodic layering that is extraordinary for a purely improvising group. The last in particular, a complete 15-minute jam recorded live at Dunedins Community Gallery, points out where this groups head was at when they were at their best - a near-wallowing in melodic intensities that never caramelizes, and never, ever heads in the direction you expect it to. Indeed like this track, almost every track on Seven Layer Ape is a complete, unedited, un-fucked-with performance (only Otaru Vision is an excerpt) with just their fronts and ends tidied up; and while the Community Gallery recording is a little cavernous, replete with the sounds of car alarms, engines, and passing late-night-shoppers, the rest of the disc features exceptionally clear and present sound, unusual in a band mining this area of the improv universe. James Robinson, who drew the cover art, is known NZ-wide for his massive, completely insane graphomaniac canvases, and each cover is handscreened and partially hand-painted by Currin and Cornelius. Were very happy to be able to present this bands work and in particular to present another side of Donald McPhersons world-class guitar playing. This label got its start with his Liquified lathe LP (a recording of a 2001 gig), and both Cornelius and Currin contributed to that record; and so it is that our first real CD release should be this impressive and singular album." - United Fairy Moons.
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