Title: Beatin Hearts
|"Bill Direen is a legend of the New Zealand underground. He has written and produced poetry, novels and a slew of recorded material. Weaned on garage bands in the late 60s, Direen started producing seven-inch records in the early 80s, all of them stunners. These releases - Six Impossible Things, Die Bilder, Solomans Ball and High Thirties Piano - were self-financed and distributed though Flying Nun (and recently reissued by the benevolent Unwucht label). Beatin Hearts is Direens ultimate, unforgettable debut album, not to mention Flying Nuns first full-length album release. All seventeen tracks are brilliant short pieces of energy, harmony and spite. Anyone with an appreciation for Flying Nuns early recordings can find its genesis here, the dawning of one of the greatest music scenes to ever exist." - Beatin Hearts.|
Title: High Thirties Piano
"Unwuchts 4-part series of reissued Bilders EPs reaches its zenith with a mysterious and fascinating release.
After three EPs of carefully constructed and layered studio work, High 30s is an assemblage of suddenly made songs and unexpected coherent fragments from a bunch of live sessions at Nightshift Studios. Its sound rises from the creative pressure spring of Christchurch, or better call it anti-Christchurch, at the time of early Flying Nun. Opening with the buzzy classic Magazine ("If you wanna stay, just take a magazine out of the rack"), it rolls without mercy through Kicks ("morning comes theyre gonna do it again") and Payline, before drifting into calmer and more spheric regions on side 2 with Avenue ("the universe without a doubt is running blue") and the as-yet unheard Yellow Swathes.
First released in 1982 (100 copies), the original EP of live studio takes was already a poke in the eye for the mainstream labels, but equally daring was the groups attempt to squeeze nearly 20 minutes of music into the grooves of a simple 7". The downside was that the 1982 dynamics were low, and a veil of distracting crackle marked Flying Nuns scratchy copy of the 7" in its CD reissue of 1993.
Incredibly, that was not the end of the story. In 2011, while going through his deceased fathers attic, Bill Direen found a forgotten chrome cassette of a much clearer mix. Here were a different vocal take of Magazine, longer versions of Kicks and Avenue, a never released Bilders song called The Lamp and more. Bills discovery compelled Unwucht to re-structure the EP, and to release the newly-found recordings on more suitable 12" format for appropriate sound quality. The rough and generally fierce core material has been completed by a revealing succession of uncovered gems that glimpse a more demure side of the Bilders personality.
The package delivers a screen-printed sleeve - a timbre variation of the original 1982 version - along with a simple reproduction of the rarely seen 7 inch photocopy insert of original track info and photos.
Edition: 300 copies." - Unwucht.