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Artist: DIRECTING HAND
Title: A Old Soul At The Helm
Format: CDR
Label: Chocolate Monk
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"Alex Neilson is the UKs kid thunder, who may be known to you for playing drums in  Jandeks band or being one half of Beating Stars with Richard Youngs, but Directing Hand is his own free form  handshake. All kinds of joyous clatter in this baby.  Guests players include Christina Carter." - Chocolate Monk.
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Artist: DIRECTING HAND
Title: What Put The Blood
Format: LP
Label: Dancing Wayang
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Dancing Wayang record label is based a short distance from the Honest Jons hood, in Eastcote Studios. Sessions for the label are released in a limited run of 500 LP copies packaged in hand screenprinted sleeves. The second and latest release, Directing Hands What Put The Blood, blends free jazz with chilling folk. With drums, harp and wordless vocals and interpretations of traditional English folk songs. The band is Lavinia Blackwall on vocals and Alex Neilson on drums. Alex has worked with Rochard Youngs (who features on the Honest Jons album Migrating Bird), Bonnie Prince Billy and Baby Dee. Lavinia is a classically-trained singer in early music and is a member of The Pendulums. This is her debut with Directing Hand." - Dancing Wayang

Artist: DIRECTING HAND
Title: Bells For Augustine Lesage
Format: CD
Label: Secret Eye
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Directing Hand (from Glasgow, Scotland) is the brainchild of Alex Neilson. Skilled in the black-art of ecstatic improvisation, Neilson and his crew of sound-searching souls journey into verdant fields of free-psych-drone, delicate-bubbling-noise and traditional UK folk." - Secret Eye.

Artist: DIRECTING HAND
Title: Songs From The Red House
Format: LP
Label: Singing Knives
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"Directing Hand began as a corollary to drummer/vocalist Alex Neilsons growing interest in the original folk music of the British Isles. Initially, the group was set to amplify the early experiments in form that he had undertaken as a founding member of the Scatter ensemble. But as the project grew, the connection between earlier modes and current praxis became increasingly circuitous, with Neilson joining the dots between seemingly mutually-aggressive musical strands such as dilated big-band improvisation ala Globe Unity Orchestra and Taj Mahal Travellers, the fractured experiments in time of The Shaggs and Henry Flynt & The Insurrectionists and the spontaneous vocal energies of Patty Waters and Charlie Feathers. The current Directing Hand line-up ⿿ consisting of Vinnie Blackwall on improvised vocals, cello, harp and harmonium and Neilson on drums and psaltry ⿿ represents the groups starkest incarnation to date. Blackwall is a classically trained vocalist, though she rarely makes a move that could be associated with any particular school. Sure, there are moments of tongue pressure that orbit the art trance of early Meredith Monk or Julie Tippetts work with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble circa One Two Albert Ayler but theres also a ton of mystery in the way that she seems to incorporate snatches of mellifluous choral and early music melodies in between full-body soundings and vegetable wordage. When you first catch it, its as shocking as an Australian in cut-offs, but as you surrender your brain to the glorious see-sawing command with which she pilots the furthest vectors of her body into sound, it seems to have the same connection to free jazz as the divine madrigal stylings of Dolly Collins on Anthems In Eden and Love, Death & The Lady had to the triumphal melodies of the Albert Ayler Orchestra. Neilsons playing detonates time by exploding any notion of accompaniment, response or precognition in favour of a profound simultaneity. Drummers have always been the revolutionary agents of musical change; switch up the beat and you reconfigure time, reconfigure time and you re-draw reality. In Neilsons playing there is truly no past or future, simply Now over and over. Just one movement of his hands and then the next. And in a historical/cultural moment as oppressively 4/4 as 2008, it feels like a fucking revolution. Just as the traditional readings are illuminated by the advanced application of vanguard, modernist aesthetics, the improvisations feel intuitively authentic and deeply volk-ish. For a tradition to go on living, sometimes it is necessary to kill it off completely. So, Directing Hand. On your knees, sir." - David Keenan. Limited to 250 with full colour artwork by Lavinia Blackwall.

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