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Last Of The Real Hardmen - 'Another Country'.
01: 'I Bought The Shoes That Just Walked Out On Me'.
02: 'Little Things I Should Have Said And Done, I Just Never Took The Time. But You Are Always On My Mind'.
Cat. No. un52006/34. __ Edition of: 100.
__ Released: 21st August 2006.
I recorded this last year. I thought it up a long while before that, when I was working as an office temp for Powergen.
It was at a point in my life where I really could have done with a challenging job that took my mind off things rather than
the one I had which allowed me 8 hours a day to drink coffee and dwell. I found as I sat there and stared out of the window
to waste the working day, that all kinds of weird snapshot memories would pop into my head seemingly triggered by nothing
and it was starting to get on my nerves because I couldn't work out why. It's suprising what your brain dredges up,
especially when you're bored or you're under an amount of stress or similar extreme circumstances. It's like your brain
patterns become increasingly fragmented. You are aware of this, but you donít have any more say over the matter than you
do over the brain patterns of the person sitting next to you on the bus. Your thought process is fractured and
concentration becomes impossible. No decisions can easily be reached without many U turns, undecisions and redecisions.
What is concrete on Thursday at 10am is unbelievable by lunchtime. It's said that people feel more creative in this period.
I wonder whether it's maybe because there is a feeling that amongst all this garbled information hitting your brain there
may well be some sense in there. But it moves so quickly you can't catch it. I was trying to think of a way of measuring
these thoughts to see if they meant anything. To see if there was some sort of pattern to them.
If you recorded all the insane street-talkers in the world for five minutes at the same time, could you match up their
conversations? Is the guy in the car park in Bristol talking bullshit or talking to the woman screaming at passers-by in
Rio De Janiero? Are seemingly random impulsive thoughts connected somehow? I had this idea where I would record a series of
basic tones and then go back and overdub my first impulsive reaction to them and just keep layering these until I was out
of tracks on my 4 track recorder. The trick was to only ever listen to the original tone and never listen back to what I
had recorded over it already. If you think of the original tone as a constant to compare things to and all the things added
to it as representing these seemingly random thoughts then I wanted to see if, when I switched all the tracks on at once,
it'd be this huge cacophony or whether there would be moments of harmony and triumph formed from the mess. I suspected mess.
I just put all the instruments I had access to in a room and then recorded 3 songs. So you end up with these really long,
broken-up songs that largely sound like a mess but have occasional moments of clarity and surprise. I found I liked
listening to them more and more. Maybe because it doesn't feel like I made them. 2 of the songs are here and the 3rd is on
Low Point Recordings - www.low-point.com. They are really long though. Sorry. Maybe listen to them when you cook or
something. Or in the bath. Conclusions? Don't stare out of the window all day at work or you'll get the sack.
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