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This review is from: Merzbild Schwet (Audio CD)
This was Nurse With Wound's 3rd LP - from 1980 - and apparently recorded as Steven Stapleton (Mr Nurse With Wound to you!) was disappointed with parts of the, then recently completed, 2nd album (the only slightly less wonderful, 'To The quiet Men From A Tiny Girl'). Of the first 3 NWW albums it is this one that gives the most indication as to what NWW would achieve in the future. Track 1 opens with an LP record playing at the wrong speed, whilst simutaneously clicking, as if the record was scratched - obviously, this would have been more effective during pre-CD times, but it still works well here (i also wonder at how many of the people who have paid extortionate prices for the original vinyl LP may have felt at hearing this, thinking they have paid a hell of a lot of money for a scratched record!). A rather lush 60's organ/percussion backing is heard behind the slowed down vinyl effect and some foreign vocals enter the fray, as it turns into an easy listening nightmare!!!! This carries on for some time, with foreign language chatter & laughter added to the mix, as the cheesy backing band drifts out. With the rumbling of the slowed down record carrying on, a rather sweet organ tone comes to the fore. This is a very effective feature and it's a shame when it ends - NWW should have released a whole 'ambient' album in this nature! Slowly the tone is faded out and the rumbling dies down. Throughout the rest of this track a lot of phasing is used (i guess) to bring in spacey sounds and the rumbling of the slowed down record re-appears once more. This stops dead and some rather disonant piano work is introduced and carries on until the tracks end. Track 2 (my fave!) opens slowly, building up with the use of the phasing in and out of spacey sounds (again, i can only guess at the methods used!). A voice enters reciting some text, both in English and French - along the lines of 'We are in the country - before the first war or toward the end of the last century....' - interesting stuff. Throughout this, there are some interruptions from a sqwalling saxophone and piano - though they are merely there to punctuate the spaciness. This carries on through the 24 minutes of this track - just drifting, building and existing - it's very, very special and wonderfully evocative. The album closes on a heavily reverbed accordion - like an odd, spacey, sea shanty. This is a wonderful album and one that bears many repeat listenings. I apologise if my description does not do this album justice, i was just trying to describe what is going on throughout - it's not always easy to describe this kind of music - however, rest assured that if you like spacey avant garde dadaism, then this is the one for you! CLASSIC!