Monday, March 22, 2010


Cindytalk - Five Mountains Of Fire
Gordon Sharp: electronics
Paul Middleton: drums
Dan Knowler: Guitar
Gary Jeff: Percussion
Sherrill Crosby: Electronics
Pre-mixed /re-played by GS at Roi Vert, Okamoto, Japan, March 2009.

Robert Hampson - Antarctica Ends Here
Dedicated to John Cale
Recorded and Mixed at Thirst 2007-2009 in London and Paris
Design: Dave Coppenhall

Cindytalk's Gordon Sharp and Robert Hampson (Loop, Main...) are 2 characters of legend circulating on the periphery of London (and beyond) underground music over the last 2 plus decades. It may come as s surprise then that this stunning split 10" is the first meeting of these two singular minds.

"Five Mountains Of Fire" by Cindytalk is a cracking track taking their recent brittle electronic experiments and charging them with firecracker like percussion to create a pleasantly disorienting soundscape. Flip it over and Hampson delivers the practical polar opposite with "Antarctica Ends Here." An exceptionally beautiful piece utilizing piano and carefully placed electronics so as not to break the ice, a tribute to John Cale's 'Antarctica Starts Here' (from Paris, 1919).

Limited to 500 copies.

"Two 9min 40s pieces. Although recorded separately at different times and in different environments, these pieces complement each other in many ways.
A continuity that threads its path through the more visceral textures of Cindytalk's "Five Mountains Of Fire", its influence taken from the Kyoto fire festivals, where huge Japanese Kanji symbols are literally burned on the mountains surrounding Kyoto, to Robert Hampson's "Antarctica Ends Here", where frozen minimalist piano notes, are timestretched to become sinuous multi-layered drones against a backdrop of field recordings of wind and large bamboo plants rustling in the breeze."

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