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12" LP beautifully packaged in a debossed and letterpress printed sleeve designed by Wood and printed by Stumptown in Portland. Two color risographs printed by Wood in NZ are tipped onto the jacket, and an additional two inserts provide revelatory notes by Russell and glam shots of the instruments that made the sounds. Also includes download slip.
Includes unlimited streaming of Visceral Realists
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Debut LP by the New Zealand duo of Bruce Russell (Dead C, Handful of Dust, etc) and Luke Wood. Visceral Realists is a high-concept commentary on the state of vinyl, analogue recording, music culture, art, etc. A 45-rpm bullet of short bursts of free electric sound, the music here is tactile and rough but not “noise music.” Russell and Wood play over loops of scratchy records, with their guitars and electronics surging to get over the wall. Russell’s guitar sound from his vintage transistor amp and anti-style is instantly recognizable from countless classic Dead C sides, but the tracks are more painterly than recent DC epics – these are celebratory vignettes of thoughts – singles, if you will. Originally made as an unfindable edition of 20 by Wood’s Ilam Press label to accompany an exhibit of NZ lathe-cut records, this new edition is beautifully packaged in a debossed and letterpress printed sleeve designed by Wood and printed by Stumptown in Portland. Two color risographs printed by Wood in NZ are tipped onto the jacket, and an additional two inserts provide revelatory notes by Russell and glam shots of the instruments that made the sounds. Also includes download slip.
“There’s more information encoded in an old record than in a new one. Every crack, every pop, a tree ring of recovered time. A life-time. Time again for life. Like the revenants, come from the grave warm; and once again walking. But still just blood in a bag. The glow of the vacuum at the heart of a market-place – where art goes to fetch bread. That is how we’ve warmed our hands for this work. To know we are alive” – Bruce Russell
released June 7, 2019
Bruce Russell: guitar, turntables, oscillators, Bolsa bass synth, tapes, microphone placement
Luke Wood: guitar, six-string bass, harmophone, Holden digital chorus, engineering
Liner notes: Bruce Russell
Cover design: Luke Wood
Originally released as an edition of 20 lathe-cut records by Ilam Press Records (Christchurch, NZ) in December 2017. Recorded, mixed, and mastered to 1/4" tape at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in September 2017.
Cover photographs willfully misappropriated from House Plants, Better Homes & Gardens 1959. Liner note photographs by Luke Wood.
Letterpress printing and cover manufacture by Stumptown Printers (Portland, Oregon). Risograph printing by Ilam Press (Christchurch, NZ).
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Several terrifying atmospheres suffocate this record, coming as it does from the legendary Kiwi experimentalists Bruce Russell and Alastair Galbraith. Another iconic figure in Peter Stapleton also features and the overall results are staggeringly effective. Quite clearly not for everyone, nonetheless, if you do get this extraordinary music, then prepare yourself for a veritable feast. Gavin Hellyer