Second Release in the Factory Floor Remix Series. Side A - LYING – CHRIS CARTER // Side B - A WOODEN BOX – FACTORY FLOOR ORiGINAL MIX. Chris Carter, best known for his visionary sonic alchemy for Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey. His recent remixes have been for Can, Liars, & Brooklyn’s future disco kings Excepter . (A) A galloping clarion call, with, if you can believe it, added NOISE. ! (B) All sing along now…. “We won’t need a gold chain We just want a wooden box Dig a hole in the ground / Throw us in and let us rot”. Forthcoming remixes from No Age, Angus Andrew of Liars & Gavin Russom (DFA).
An ancient arpeggiator blasts out a two note refrain.....colossal bursts of guitar noise teased out by a violin bow means it already sounds like Giorgio Moroder having a massive coronary by the time the the metronomic drum tatoo starts. And then it becomes REALLY intense.Their absence of compromise and a sound so brutally propulsive it would deny any attempts at dilution, recontextualisation or polish. Never before has disco sounded so beautifully cruel – NME.
People have born witness to something unconventional indeed: a set where voilin bows violently attack guitar strings. Where tribal rythmns ride along a storm of chanted vocals and drones, all processed through effects that make them sound dark and unearthly.- Artrocker 10”
LP comes with a Download Code for the whole 90+ min concert.
For a self confessed ‘journeyman’ musician who has spent most of his 50 year career on the road live Michael Chapman albums are curiously rare items and even more rare from his earlier years.
This one, recorded by dutch “hippie” radio station ‘VPRO’ on 6th May 1971 is the earliest known live recording so far discovered of Michael Chapman after he started releasing records on the legendary UK based Harvest / EMI record label in 1969.
This period is for Chapman fans the classic period, that more recently has drawn belated media coverage and recognition in response to the more recent kudos bestowed upon Michael from the likes of Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Jim O’rouke and the late, great, Jack Rose.
A beautiful clear, warm and intimate recording of Chapman duetting with long time collaborator Rick Kemp on electric bass and which documents material from all three albums in a free flowing improv inflected style very much in favour at the time.
It is with this free flowing vibe in mind that we include with both CD & vinyl editions the complete 90 minute concert via a download code card so listeners can experience the whole set. Chapman sounds in a confident, gentle and relaxed mood. The Audience Is Initially Tentative, Possibly Unfamilar With chapman’s work but gradually warming to his complex dexterous ‘not folk’ playing.
The recordings make for a fascinating snapshot of the time, with a loose and open approach that offers a rare chance for guitar buffs to evesdrop between songs on some those bespoke Chapman guitar tunings!.
The set begins with another very rare Chapman item – a cover version - in this case of Tim Hardin’s 1965 “A Reason To Believe’. A song which had just reappeared that year as the A side of a Rod Stewart solo single (The B side being ‘Maggie May’!).
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Reason To Live 2. The Aviator 3. An Old Man Remembers
Side B: 4. Not So Much A Garden, More Like A Maze 5. In The VAlley
This album is the second in Chapman’s series of his more improvised musical releases.
The first ,‘The Resurrection and Revenge of The Clayton Peacock”, released in 2011 was Wire magazine’s No. 5 Album of The Year, was widely received favourably by press and fans alike as another highpoint in Chapman’s late blooming career which has been boosted by the public recognition of his talents by the likes of Thurston Moore, Jack Rose & Will Oldham.
“Pachyderm’ is an LP length minimalist masterpiece, a single chord ambient work quite unlike anything Chapman has done before and equally as surprising and different as Peacock managed to be. The second track is remix of the first side by one Rob Antony, a young Cumbrian neighbour of Michael’s.
Together they form a mellow and gentling shifting work that easily beckons auto repeated plays.
Chapman is now 71 years old, and playing better than ever, he started out on EMI’s legendary 60’s Harvest record label, turned down playing in both Elton John then David Bowie’s “Spiders” band, he only goes to show as per the recent rediscovery of the talents of his other contemporaries Roy Harper or John Martyn eventually your time will come.