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Codename: Dustsucker [VINYL]

Bark Psychosis Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (26 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fire
  • ASIN: B0002LPIMC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate giving five stars, but... 3 Aug 2004
By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Codename: Dustsucker deserves every last star. Put together over 5 years by Graham Sutton and a school of musicians and friends as they passed through his studio in London, C:DS demonstrates meticulous attention to sonic detail and a passion for overwhelming surges of noise. It's clearly constructed by the same person responsible for driving the band who made Hex, but ten years (and a drum n bass career as Boymerang) have passed since that landmark album, and where Hex was often stark and empty, C:DS is lush and warm (but still somehow stark and empty). Obviously less the work of a coherant 'band' than the previous material by Bark Psychosis, it is both a continuation and an alteration of what the band were doing between 1988 and 1994. As for what it sounds like... Well, imagine Talk Talk's Spirit Of Eden filtered through the last decade of dance music and avant-guitar noise and then transposed onto the crepuscular metropolis that is night-time London and you'll be getting there. One of the most remarkable albums, not just of this year, but of any year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did you notice that quiet act of genius? 18 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is utterly sublime. For those who remember "Hex", you'll scarely notice the seams - eight years might've passed, but the same sentiment lives on. this is cool music for cool blokes. and for those who weren't onboard in 1996, small matter. this is an album of late night contemplation, of abstract shapes and small time melancholy, of slow-burning cigarettes and long draughts of brandy that, despite it all, confounds pretension and arty-sounding bombast. The ceaseless evasion of the histrionic, the utter determination to keep things as understated as possible? it has to be Sutton and his imperious album. there's not a note out of place, a moment not well-framed. i exhort you to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Physically painful when it's over 25 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album a couple of years now and initially I didn't think it was as good as Hex which I love; I played it and quite liked it then shelved it. Recently I have revisited it and over the past couple of weeks have played it about 10 more times. It is simply stunning in every way and far more varied than previous works with some female vocals bringing a nice new flavour. As expected tracks are allowed the time to develop and linger, but never overstay their welcome. There is an impressive array of ambience/musical-shifts/samples/noise that are so well judged, even some jazz elements. In this respect it's not a million miles away from early David Sylvian in musical content.

Finally the sound quality is demonstration class and a joy to listen to on decent hi-fi. It has been lovingly crafted as seen by the 5 second pause ahead of the last track and a decent pause afterwards before the CD transport shuts down. This last track is a superb way to end the album and as it fades out it really does hurt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly devastating 26 Jan 2009
By GOAT
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
yes, well what can I say that hasn't already been mentioned...

I do believe Graham Sutton's come back with a different sound, if it is just an evolution of that which he already possessed. The music is in equal parts romantic and blooming, detached and snarling. It evokes reanimation after disaster, a kind of shedding of the layers of dust and grime that accumulate with mechanical procedure only to eventually fail and become overthrown by the natural cycle of the planet. There is hope, wistfulness, quietitude, industry and terror and jazz.

The first two tracks, hell the entire album is without doubt a masterstroke of engineering and songwriting. This should be like a template for bands wanting to try that avant-rock sound. It fits in right nice with Gastr Del Sol's Camofleur or Radiohead's Kid A or... Mark Hollis' Mark Hollis. I see someone's put down shoegaze as a tag. It's not shoegaze at all. There are some crazy creepy effects, a lot of acid on one of the tracks and some mental sitar work on the last track very similar to Pendulum Man - what a track! - but on the whole just like before, Bark Psychosis has and ever will be uncatagerizable. Is that even a word? Simon Reynolds apparently coined the term Post-Rock after hearing Bark Psychosis. I hate that term. It defines nothing, for rock is too wide a spectrum to pigeonhole all bands not rock or alt-rock into.

Codename: Dustsucker is walled by Graham's deep rumbling asthamtic phrasing, light, indifferent guitar lines and misty, opaque background electronics. There is the most beautiful bass something or other on one of the tracks which sounds like a string has broken and it's all so perfect. No wonder Graham is chosen to produce so many records. If only he'd provide as much output under his own band name.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, shame about the name! 6 Jan 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Unfamiliar with Bark Psychosis' apparently seminal debut 'Hex' I can provide a semi-objective review of this album. Lush instrumentation, enhanced with electronics, with hushed male and female (alternating) vocals - often distant in the mix - make for a rich listening experience that is brooding and languid in turns. It bears similarity to some of Mogwai's recent output (Rock Action in particular), but also the Cocteau Twins, Tortoise, The Notwist, Lali Puna and later Talk Talk. Despite the organic, 'live' feel of the music, its clearly carefully arranged, and the effect is largely tense and urban - akin to recent Massive Attack - rather than pastoral. Like Massive's 100th Window, it can be a bit po-faced at times, but this is an up-close-and-personal experience, strictly one for the headphones. Highlights include the textbook post-rock opener 'From What is Said to When Its Read', to its follow-up, the sparkling and seemingly mis-titled 'The Black Meat', which bursts into trumpet solos and shimmering atmospherics, and later, '400 Winters' is a swirling gem of Liz Frasier-esque vocals. There are a few dud tracks along the way but all in all -not bad at all!!
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