Tuesday, December 17, 2013

HAMMEMIT - Morthwork - FEF22 - SOLD OUT

The second FEF release from the dark master of arcane English ambience is his most minimal and purest expression yet, consisting entirely of solo guitar instrumentals (along with some avian bookending).

Recorded amid the chalk downs of Wiltshire and titled in the area's 17th century dialect, MM evokes the distant mysterious past through modern means. There is beauty and calm to be found in these woods, but the ancient and malevolent lurk there also. Morthwork is melancholy, haunted, and alluringly sinister.

Side One
1) Circeyard danse (3:41)

Beholde Morthwork, an instrewmentele recordynge bye Hammemit wych tooke playse inne the Chymbere of the Ieldran, groundes of St Marye’s Circe ande Alfred’s Towere, the Shire of Wilt, bye Master MM inne the eleventhe ande twelthe yeres of thys Centurie, whomme play’d gytarre of varyus tones. 

All musick preserv’d as sownde inne syngel taykes wythe all imperfectionnes retayn’d. Layoutte conceptte ande fotografie bye MM. All songe tytels writ inne dyalect of the chalke downes, the Shire of Wilt, Anno 1682.

100 copies. Includes download code.


Soon are a duo from Maine, consisting of Naythen Wilson (familiar from his Jandek covers tape This is a Death Dream) and Stephen Cicia.

Their bleak, doom-laden idiom combines deliberate and chance elements in raw but carefully balanced arrangements, with field recordings given equal weight to instrumental parts, cryptic-language vocals and percussion that could just as likely be the sound of manual labour as deliberate musical expression. On occasion it recalls the improvised abstraction of Pelt or the bleak rituals of Abruptum, but defies categorisation. 

Soon's music is mystical, deep and nocturnal but never vague, and maintains a profoundly mournful and cathartic emotional core. 

Side One
1) Rendered Doorless   (10:56) 
2) Straining the Form   (9:47) 
3) Worked On Both Gowns   (6:03) 

Side Two  
1) Taken By Fixture   (10:04) 
2) Was Relentlessly Holding   (8:14)  

Stephen Cicia - Cles Semitri 
Naythen Wilson - Sem Escholha
Engineered and Produced by Naythen Wilson at Bluepen Studios 

In Memory of Sama 1947-2012 

100 copies. Includes download code.