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Friday, February 25, 2011


CASSETTE, Stunned, 2011 

Available from Discriminate Music; soon from Tomentosa and Eclipse 

A. Love Cult
B. Tempera

A: Recorded winter-spring 2010 in Karelia and Poland. Love Cult: Anya & Ivan.

B: "8.16.07" / "1.1.07". Live recordings. Dimensions variable. Tempera: Corinna Marshall, Nicholas Barker.

Art by Philip French.

"Ivan & Anya of Love Cult have a knack for capturing the sense of tranquility that accompanies moments of deep homeostasis, hovering over the fine line between communal music-making and private meditation. This split finds the Russian duo conducting three-part ceremony, where each passage tumbles naturally - and with an increasingly woozy bliss - into a beautiful stew of storm-tempered organ and female vocals. The accompanying side by Portland Maine's Tempera absolutely locks in the high vibrations, with the troupe caught up in translucent vocal rhythms and cycles of electronic chimes. It's one of the more magical moments of documented live performance we've heard in quite a while, and its dazzling display provides a listening experience that demands frequent revisiting. Limited edition of 111 pro-dubbed & imprinted c46 tapes w/ double-sided jcard and insert." Stunned 

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