new aqua dentata album on fencing flatworm recordings!

August 12, 2015 at 9:46 am | Posted in fencing flatworm, new music, no audience underground | Leave a comment
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Aqua Dentata – ‘Neko Baader-Meinhof’ (CD-r, fencing flatworm recordings, edition of 50)

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Ladies and gentlemen, fencing flatworm recordings, via radiofreemidwich, is delighted to announce the release of Neko Baader-Meinhof by Aqua Dentata.

Less damaged readers may recall that the prize for winning the RFM Zellaby Award for album of the year is the offer of a release on my legendary, but otherwise dormant, micro-label.  Last time around the worthy recipient of the gong was Eddie Nuttall, recording as Aqua Dentata, and here he is taking me up on it.

The Aqua Dentata back catalogue is a slow growing coral of exceptional beauty.  A seemingly restricted palette of (home constructed) synth drones and unplaceable metal-on-metal skittering is used to create abstract expressionist work of such depth and subtlety that the hold it commands has an almost occult power.  See here for my opinions of Eddie’s previous output, see his own website to keep up with his activities.  You really should – his patience, control and dedication to expressing a rigorously thought through aesthetic are unrivalled.

Neko Baader-Meinhof comprises three untitled tracks totalling just over 45 minutes.  The packaging is functional – silver CD-r in plastic wallet, white paper inserts with black text, no illustration – but with a pleasingly mysterious aspect.  The cover features a numbered list of 23 points provided by Eddie which bear no obvious relation to the contents (three tracks, untitled) and are otherwise unexplained.  Listeners are invited to unpack the connections and allusions contained or, indeed, to make up their own.  Attempts to form a narrative, or to plug these seemingly dada juxtapositions into a conspiracy theory of some kind would be most welcome.

The music itself is exquisite.  I needn’t double-down on the superlatives – you simply need to hear it.

So here’s how.  Aside from promotional blurb, a Discogs listing and (hopefully) any reviews it might garner, at Eddie’s request this release will have no internet presence.  No soundclips anywhere, not a whiff of Bandcamp.  It will only exist as these CD-rs and, when they are gone, the release will go with them.  There are 50 in total – 20 have gone to Eddie for him to distribute as he sees fit, 10 have been sent or set aside as freebies for various RFM staffers and friends of the blog and the remaining 20 I have for sale…

EDIT: NOW SOLD OUT AT SOURCE!  Eddie may have copies himself but the cupboard has been ransacked here at RFMHQ.  Many thanks to those trusting souls who handed over money without even being able to preview the contents of this album.  I’d be interested to hear what you think of it.  OK, *phew* that’s enough business for one year – fencing flatworm returns to its comfortable slumber…

Y’know, sometimes running this blog is an uncomplicated joy.  This is one of those times.

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