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FIE Records

Peter Hammill 'Incoherence'

£11.99

FIE Records

Peter Hammill 'Incoherence'

£11.99

'Incoherence' is Peter Hammill's twenty-sixth solo album of completely new sung material, the forty-ninth in which he has had principal involvement as writer, singer and musician, including those with Van der Graaf Generator, instrumental 'Sonix' and live projects. 

Peter has been noted for his words (and his care with and for them) since the beginning of his thirty-six year long career; in this continuous 42 minute song cycle his lyrics examine instances of language failing to work or to communicate...the impossibilities of words, where meaning, logic and intention fall apart into incoherence.  

The musical backdrop to the lyrics is kaleidoscopic, based on Peter's keyboards and guitars with significant contributions from his long-term cohorts Stuart Gordon (violin) and David Jackson (saxes and flutes).  Percussion is completely absent. The arrangements move jaggedly from floating improvisations to full orchestrations to full-on riffs, reflecting the paradoxes, the dead ends, the cliff-hanging inconclusions of the lyrical content.  All this is a long way from the Pop Song. It is just as far away from the Classical Conservatoire or the Jazz Club.

Something else, again. Like it or loathe it, what else do you expect from PH by now?  Surprise? A Conclusion?

Peter finished the final mix on this project at 5pm on December 5th 2003; forty-two hours later he had a heart attack, from which he is currently recovering. The moving finger writes, wags, points...and moves on. All our stories are incoherent.

Tracklisting:
1. When Language Corrodes
2. Babel
3. Logodaedalus
4. Like Perfume
5. Your Word
6. Always And A Day
7. Cretans Always Lie
8. All Greek
9. Call That A Conversation?
10. The Meanings Changed
11. Converse
12. Gone Ahead
13. Power Of Speech
14. If Language Explodes