Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

all about Crumpsall Riddle - Looking After The Duck



Looking After The Duck, the album recorded by Jude Cowan Montague and me under the name Crumpsall Riddle, is attracting quite a bit of attention and some critical praise. I'll dedicate this post to reviews of and other news about the album and update it as and when there is something new.


Here's an interview we recorded with Andy N for Spoken Label:




Reviews:


 ...a masterful craft, spilling an abundance of emotion without superimposition or myriad sound designs; rather seizing the breath of the listener through an adventure of minimal instrumentation: structuring scenic palpation’s.  
- Anti: Music Review 

 If people just had ten precent of expressive freedom as Crumpsall Riddle have accumulated over here, the world would be already a much more fascinating and wonderful place!
- Yeah I Know It Sucks

...like speed reading somebody else’s book collection whilst listening to the Bagpuss soundtrack as whistling Jack Smith rifles through your girlfriend’s knickers drawer just out of view...  
- Monolith Cocktail  

What a triumph of beauty! One of my albums of the year and comes with the highest possible recommendation from TQ zine.
- TQ Zine issue 30

Monday, 6 April 2020

Storm Bugs - Table Matters (1980)



Table Matters is a super 8 film made in 1980 to accompany the Storm Bugs EP record of the same name. For many years it was presumed lost, but resurfaced recently and has since been digitally restored with a 4K scan by nanolab (https://www.nanolab.com.au), and reunited with its original soundtrack. The film, shot on location in Chatham, Kent, in early 1980, echoes the themes of grimy mundane consumerism explored on the EP through songs such as Eat Good Beans, Window Shopping, and Make Customers Matter.

Monday, 9 March 2020

...and on the heath



It’s bound to fail 
this impossible landscape
It’s over there
always the past
out of place
and out of time
we can’t observe
the boundless heath
all we do is
point to things 
for all we see
the camera phone
might as well be
in selfie mode

the heater’s on
the windows are thin
I’m trying hard to
to keep this warmth in
smile with us 
in the morning
the best music
we play it all for you
again the same car 
driving more slowly
and other traffic
moves toward camera 
before indicating
taking left turn
stationary cars 
pedestrians 

all grey up on 
the black heath
low edge of cloud
shallow depth of field
forms rectangles
metallic sky
green underneath
and seen between
oblique squinting
ochre sunlight
dull glow diffuse 
overcast

and on the heath
sirens, police 
crows, ducks, and geese
a Tuesday in
the afternoon 
up on the heath 
early winter 
crisp and chill 
mounds in circles
bus rattles past
sirens and geese
crows and police 
mind how you go
raven or crow
light on a branch
skeletal tree
on Whitefield Mound
birch, fir and gorse

camera pan
speeding van
rain falls in grey
far away

back on the heath 
I try to write 
the sense of site
invoke the place
the here and now and
back in time
in '88 or '73 or '99

It’s bound to fail 
this impossible landscape
It’s over there
always the past
out of place
and out of time
we can’t observe
the boundless heath
all we do is
point to things 
for all we see
the camera phone
might as well be
in selfie mode

Monday, 25 November 2019

Sickness Country video


From the album Abstract Vectoral Landscapes TQN-aut 7
video captured on East Alligator River (Erre), Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.


scramble up from the track
in the breath of the heat on the wind
past the smoke of the fire
scrubby grass and the river is dry
butterflies, blackened tree
plateau, savannah, falls, and floodplain
pandanus spiralis
stones underfoot, the walk to the ridge

and there Myormu
waiting for me
sickness country
and in rock escarpment
in the deep past
Miyamiya 

and the camera phone
brow trickles waterfall sweat to the ground
from the mountain below
Google Earth, or a video drone 
as the ground is above
captures fatal painting photograph
the rainbow came through
tail lights and explosions below

and this sickness country
all that you can see
is what you’re told 
you can see [to see]
peripheral night 
soon after twilight 
flashes of light

when the sickness takes hold
nausea, vomiting, appetite loss
dehydration, confusion
cells degraded by autophagy
bone marrow syndrome
cutaneous blisters ulcers
sweat glands atrophy
DNA clustered damage takes hold

somewhere…



[...over the rainbow]