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Artist: PHIZMIZ, ERGO
Title: Eleven Songs
Format: LP
Label: Care In The Community
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"After the critical success of his 2010 debut album, Things to Do and Make, composer Ergo Phizmiz returned to a string of often award-winning commissions for radio (BBC 3 and 4 and German national radio) theater and opera before coming back full circle to the melodic three-minute popular song form. Earlier this year, over the space of a few weeks, and in typically prolific style, he refined and self-recorded a number of ideas that had been forming in his head while busy with other projects. Leaving behind the favorable comparisons to the 1960s Canterbury Sound or Vivian Stanshall of his debut and occupying less identifiable territory, the resulting Eleven Songs is a leaner, harder collection of songs that, as the title suggests, each stand in their own right. Although ostensibly the album consists of ten songs and an instrumental, Ergo considers "Space Dance," a Sun Ra tribute, in the manner of "Lieder ohne Worte," a song without words. With no default mode of music-making, but versed in so many, it would be fair to call Ergo a music conceptualist. But the purposeful construction of his writing and production methods are always in the service, rather than at the expense, of the pure joy of what makes a good song. Anyone who has seen Ergo perform will instantly recognize in these songs his natural theatricality, narrative drive, and a lack of pretension that allows music to be a shared experience. This is a highly addictive album that should echo the chorus of voices that acclaimed his first album with the lament that there arent more pop musicians like this." -Care In The Community.

Artist: PHIZMIZ, ERGO
Title: Its A Sin
Format: 7"
Label: Care In The Community
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"Limited edition single-sided 7" in a heavyweight colored card sleeve with gold foil design on front and illustration on back. On the 25th anniversary of the Pet Shop Boys release of Its a Sin, Ergo Phizmiz releases his fantastic baroque-skronk version. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer and broadcaster Ergo Phizmiz was described by Mojo as "like Vivian Stanshall, Syd Barrett, and Dali making merry" while he can count amongst his fans Michael Nyman and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening." -Care In The Community.

Artist: PHIZMIZ, ERGO
Title: Two Quartets
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Discrepant presents an album from UK-based radio producer, collagist, writer, composer, and filmmaker,Ergo Phizmiz. White label, hand-stamped, limited. Vinyl only. Imagine a machine where any material can be placed before you, and infinitely bent, squashed, stretched, rotated, inverted, repeated, depleted, converted, bastardized, beautified, mortified, twisted, shifted, and at no cost to the original material at hand. This original material, be it a piece of wood, or a piggy-bank, or a toaster, or a dog, can, at the whim of the operator, either be integrated into the mishmash of metamorphoses, or can sit from a distance and look on at all of his transformed clones. The digital sound editing environment, of all the achievements of computing, is the place where dreams can be given free rein. Any sound can be metamorphosed into any other. Anything can dance with anything else, in layer upon infinite layer, and the nature of the object itself can whirl and shift and change and play and do anything it bloody well wants to do. This is something I whiled away ten years playing with, until sound feels like a gelatinous gloop that can be formed between the hands. But then my fingers became sticky. And the only solution to sticky fingers, of course, is to clean them. Consequently, the computer has become like a slightly removed acquaintance cum employee. And, for better or worse, every return I make to the digital music environment becomes overcome with theory, or at least, limitations. The collages included here as Two Quartets are explorations of the pure interaction of four different pieces of music, without any interference as to the nature of the sounds -- nothing has been digitally manipulated. The focus is purely on editing -- both of a technical-musical nature, and games of chance, throwing different materials together in space-and-time and seeing how they party." -Ergo Phizmiz.

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