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| HASTINGS OF MALAWI
Label : Sub Rosa
Year : 2018
Format : LP
Style : Experimental
Availability : In stock
Price : 18.60 € - BUY
|35 years after the release of their critically acclaimed
album Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth
the British dadaist group Hastings of Malawi have released
a new album - an epic sound poem entitled Visceral
Underskinnings. It is a 40 minute film without light that
reflects on the human condition, on modern society, on the
nature of telephony and electricity and an attempt to make
sense of the world in which we live that provides no answers.
It is a sound collage of diverse elements including the voices
of George Washington Johnson ('the whistling coon' 1846-1914)
and Dr Hastings Banda - the first president of Malawi.
It includes randomly generated computer music, voice
synthesis, recordings of cold war number stations, American
military sound weaponry and recordings of the some of the
many sound sculptures produced by Hastings of Malawi over
the last 30 years.
Hastings of Malawi produce sounds that sit in that grey area
where sound art and music meet but they reject both labels
and cannot be comfortably placed in either camp. This is not
an easy album to listen to but persevere and you may or
may not be able to decipher its meaning.
'Rarely has an album so consistently made me question what
the actual fuck is going on' - this is how The Wire magazine
described Hastings of Malawi's first album Vibrant Stapler
Obscures Characteristic Growth and the second album makes
things no clearer.
If you are a fan of the tedious, peurile, repetitive beats
that populate the insipid sonic environment that is popular
music today you probably wont like this album. Assembled
with no regard for musical convention, Hastings of Malawi
follow their own rules and have created another fascinating
journey into their world which makes it no easier to
understand our world.
Apparently the Chinese voice that starts the second side
of the album translates as 'the deaf mutes have so many
intimate words they want to share with you' and this
perhaps sums up what Hastings of Malawi are trying to
do with Visceral Underskinnings.
A wonderful 40 minute journey into the magnificently
strange world of Hastings of Malawi that no serious collector
should be without.