blue | green
kate carr | gail priest
"We’ve seen a few color-based releases already this year…Kate Carr and Gail Priest‘s new release is a wonderful addition to this collection…"
Richard Allen, A closer listen. Full review
An exploration of a slice of the spectrum by Kate Carr (Flaming Pines) & Gail Priest (Metal Bitch Recordings).
The ice cold cool of blue, meets the regenerative power of green in a new vinyl LP by Kate Carr and Gail Priest.
blue | green presents a sonic interrogation of two colours packed full of allusions, metaphors, associations and even clichés.
"This is a fascinating release that demonstrates the powerful journeys that can be experienced through sound. This is very much an album that needs to be heard in full to be fully appreciated (or at least each side in full). However those that take on the journey will discover some amazing experiences!"
Tomatrax. Full review
Kate Carr’s bluecharts a story of sailors and tides, inky nights and lonesome journeys. From bursts of radio static to the crackle of old records, receding tides and forgotten chants, blue moves from choppy seas to dark ponds and lost tales before closing with a delicate rain shower.
Through green, Gail Priest plumbs the sounds of her own backyard—the greenness of crickets, wild winds through leaves, raindrops on palm fronds and the dark dampness of the wormfarm. Emerging from this verdant landscape are half heard melodies and eerie voices, alluding to secret songs and forgotten spirits.
"Wordless vocals emerge alongside the rustling of winds, at the same time as dark pulsations introduce an undercurrent of Coil-like unease, and, at disc's end, blue seeps into Priest's “Grue Bleen” to deepen the sense of foreboding and hallucination." Textura. Full Review
The final piece on both sides see Carr and Priest exploring the ambiguous terrain where green and blue converge. The artists swapped samples remixing and re-working them into closers which tip toe around the edges of perception to paint a greeny-blue landscape or perhaps one of bluey-green.
About the artists:
Kate Carr is a Sydney based artist and label founder of Flaming Pines, who has been making music using a host of field recordings, instruments and samples since about 2007. Her most recent release is an EP on her own imprint called Return to New Caledonia. She also has released music via New Weird Australia, Germany’s Retinascan, Canadian net label pertin-nce and France’s Standard Klik Music (now SEM) and appeared along with Scanner, Steven Roden and others on Disquiet author Marc Weidenbaum’s tribute to poet and author Fernando Pessoa LX(RMX) Lisbon Remixed. For more: flamingpines.com and soundcloud.com/katecarr
Gail Priest, also from Sydney, has been making exploratory music using field recordings, instrumental fragments and vocal shards since 2003. Green continues her investigations into a kind of ‘baroque ambient’ integrating field recording and voice, expanding the explorations of her most recent CD, Presentiments from the Spider Garden, released through Endgame Records (END024, 2010). In addition she has releases through on her own label Metal Bitch Recordings and her work has been featured on a range of international compilations in both digital and physical formats by labels such as New Weird Australia, Room40, Audition Records and Furthernoise. Gail also creates soundscapes for performance, dance and gallery installations. http://www.gailpriest.net
side a - kate carr
1. a sailors chant (2.52)
2. low tide (4.07
3. an inky night (5.04)
4. perhaps a greeny blue (6,47) - listen to this track
side b - gail priest
1. transmissions (1.34)
2. randoph's dream (6.58)
3. ghost gum (4.32) -listen to this track
4. grue bleen (6.51)
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Customers within Australia $32 inc postage
International customers $39 inc postage
Also available at Red Eye Records
York St, Sydney
What reviewers have said about Gail & Kate's previous work:
“The author, enigmatic and hypnotic in the performance, doesn’t shy away from capturing the listener’s attention…Priest is always fully in control of the atmospheres, which sparkle imaginatively but are neither trivial nor predictable because of that.” – Neural, March 2011 (on Presentiments from the Spider Garden)
“Treading a tightrope between darkness and light, texture and space, Priest creates sound worlds that never feel too gloomy or melancholic. It is this duality in her work which keeps refreshing her sound and charting new directions.”
– Furthernoise, June 2010 (on Fear of Stranglers)
“She lets slip the incompleteness of any human discourse; ‘there always seems to be something left to say’… at once a thrillingly openended idea, reflecting the gaping chasms of possibility evoked by this album, as well as a melancholy indicator that ultimately we can never fully share and therefore never fully banish our alone-ness.”
– David Stubbs, Wire 276 (on Imaginary Conversations in Reverberant Rooms)
“Providing a sort of sonic postcard, Carr takes us on a journey throughout the various landscapes, her reaction to unfamiliar places, and the meanings she has attached to these travels. However, this is far from being a simple playback of recordings made on holiday – there is a consideration and musicality to Carr’s work that makes the instruments and field recordings meld into one cohesive whole. Recommended.” – Fluid Radio (on Return to New Caledonia)
“This symphonic duet transverses time to create a hybrid of sound and response. The line between field work and instrumentation is erased whenever tone and volume are matched; in these moments Carr’s return to New Caledonia becomes our introduction.” – A Closer Listen (on Return to New Caledonia)
“Carr doesn’t just possess a natural penchant for making ambitious concepts and challenging materials feel perfectly natural. She’s also built an intimate relationship with the acoustic world around her, music literally constituting an inhabitable space and a home.’’ – Tokafi (On 2010 release Summer Floods)
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