Friday, 28 August 2020

New Release: Rovellasca 'Delirium, Or Sonata' (CVC017) Limited Edition Cassette & Digital Download

 

Rovellasca
Delirium, Or Sonata
(CVC017)
Limited Edition of 50 cassettes & digital download




Crow Versus Crow is honoured to present Delirium, Or Sonata, a new body of recordings from Rovellasca, alias of Gateshead (UK) - based interdisciplinary artist Craig Stewart Johnson.

Following releases on such excellent labels as Matching Head, Kirigirisu Recordings, and Aetheric Records, along with his own peerless Invisible City label, Delirium, Or Sonata expands upon Johnson’s sculptural use of sound to explore emotional resonance within delicately constructed monolithic palimpsests.

Uncanny evocations swell from crumbling tape loops. Light and dust. Part and whole. Peripheral hums of industrialia. Entropy. Flux.

I'm keeping the word waxin' deliberately brief on this one in order to not condition a listeners experience - such is my belief in the potential of this record to affect. Slip on your headphones. Sit. Listen long. Sink.

Delirium, Or Sonata is released as a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered, professionally dubbed cassettes and digital download. The physical version is professionally-dubbed on an ice white translucent shell cassette, with on-body printed artwork, in an edition of 50 copies. Full-colour printed heavyweight j-card, housed in a standard white-backed cassette case. Each copy is individually hand-numbered. Artwork by Crow Versus Crow and Craig Stewart Johnson.

Cassette £6
The digital download is available on a 'Name Your Price' basis. If you would like the record but can't afford to pay for it, then please help yourself to it without charge. Otherwise, please pay what you can, or what you think is appropriate, and know that all proceeds go directly in to producing future Crow Versus Crow releases.





Friday, 27 March 2020

New Release: Shit Creek - The Land Of The Remember (CVC016) Limited Edition of 50 CD-Rs & Digital Download


Shit Creek
The Land Of The Remember
(CVC016)
Limited Edition of 50 CD-Rs & digital download




Crow Versus Crow is delighted to present for public absorption a new body of supra-spectral, barely-contained-by-the-medium-of-sound works from Shit Creek, titled, The Land Of The Remember.

It can be difficult to make music about anything other than clinical depression when you're clinically depressed. Similarly, it can be difficult to imagine a reality beyond our own when the one we find ourselves in is so thoroughly depressing. Recorded between October and December 2019, in the midst of the General Election and the dismal sham masquerading as political discourse, The Land of the Remember could be seen as an attempt to forge an alternative - free from the restrictions of stifling oppression and dehumanising, debilitating structures of the contemporary UK.

Jamming the emotive tranquillity of the raga against a glittering technicolour that glitch-flips between atomising anxiety and absolute joy, The Land Of The Remember is an attempt to create the sound of a world beyond, or perhaps reconfigured from, the current socio-political context.

With no beat to anchor, the layers of granular fizz, squelching tropicalia glimmers and discordant plucked whatevers form shifting, expansive plains of multifarious sound, in a psychedelic bricolage of transcendental reconstitutions of the everyday.

The Land Of The Remember is released as a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered CD-Rs and digital download via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp on Friday 27th March 2020. The physical version is presented as a full-colour thermal printed CD-R, housed in a folded recycled card sleeve, with full colour artwork by Crow Versus Crow

CD-R £6
Digital Download £4



Friday, 24 January 2020

'SUN FLOW ER - Works on Paper (2018 - 2019) by Andrew Wild' Now Available


SUN FLOW ER
(Works on Paper 2018 - 2019)
by Andrew Wild

A5 48pp full colour mini book printed on 140gsm silk paper with 300gsm recycled card cover. Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies

Available now via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp

SUN FLOW ER is a collection of lo-fi reproductions of works on paper by Andrew Wild, produced during 2018 and 2019.

The process of making these works was essentially that of sketching - of intellectually forming and physically manifesting ideas through direct manipulation of materials - and were made parallel to larger works on canvas. Many of the main ideas and themes within these works on canvas (a more deliberate, conscious self-reflection; personal histories; ideas of Place; class-consciousness and socioeconomic context, and their intertwining with a sense of Self...) first found their physical form through these works on paper.

Some works contain elements of drawings and texts by Robert Ridley-Shackleton. These were made with the intention of being used as part of the artwork for RRS’ Stone Cold Crazy cassette, released via the Crow Versus Crow label in October 2018. All hail the Cardboard Prince!

SUN FLOW ER is published in an edition of 50 copies by Crow Versus Crow.

All original versions of the works reproduced within SUN FLOW ER are available for purchase. For prices and further enquiries, please email crow_versus_crow@hotmail.co.uk.

Available now via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp






Friday, 29 November 2019

New Release: Carnivorous Plants - Mammon (CVC015) Limited Edition of 50 CD-Rs & Digital Download


Carnivorous Plants
Mammon
(CVC015)
Limited Edition of 50 CD-Rs & Digital Download



Crow Versus Crow is pleased to announce a new release in, Mammon, the latest work from Carnivorous Plants AKA Owen Chambers, a key member of Bristol’s Liquid Library, and fervent contributor to the No-Audience Underground scene.

Having previously self-released works via his own Carnivorous Plants Bandcamp, through the Liquid Library, the Wormhole World label, and Robert Ridley-Shackleton’s Cardboard Club label, it is an honour to be able to help spread the good word of Carnivorous Plants through Crow Versus Crow.

This release is developed from a bespoke cassette made as part of The Carnivorous Plants Automated Album Delivery Service, in which Owen recorded a pair of unique recordings for 10 people, based on a theme of the individual’s request. I requested a pair of recordings based upon Van Gogh’s Sunflowers series, which, after an email or two of gushing thank-filled praise, became the foundation for the recordings which were expanded upon to become what is now Mammon.

Spanning thirty-three minutes, Mammon is formed of three tracks of heavily textured, delicately layered, glacial-shift guitar drone and feather-light ferric hiss-coated field recordings and lulling piano. Subverting an oft-assumed machismo within the Noise/Drone field, Mammon eschews such negative confrontationality to explore themes of light and colour, producing complex works that reflect a heady mix of existential weight, joyful serenity and a personal transcendence felt during the process of their creation.

If it weren’t a crass, reductionist approach, for ease of reference one could say these recordings sat somewhere between Earth and Eno. *Yeurgh!*

Mammon is released as a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered CD-Rs and digital download via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp on Friday 29th November 2019. The physical version is presented as a white-faced, hand-stamped CD-R mounted onto an A5 postcard, featuring artwork by Crow Versus Crow, housed in a recycled plastic sleeve.

CD-R £5
Digital Download £4



Friday, 27 September 2019

New Release: Embla Quickbeam, Natalia Beylis & Neil Campbell 'House Sparrow Settle Back' (CVC014) Limited Edition Cassette & Digital Download


Embla Quickbeam, Natalia Beylis & Neil Campbell
House Sparrow Settle Back
(CVC014)
Limited Edition of 100 Cassettes & Digital Download



House Sparrow Settle Back is a document of two successive nights of collaborative improvisation between Natalia Beylis and Embla Quickbeam, recorded live at The Magic City, Todmorden on Saturday 4th May 2019; and Beylis and Neil Campbell, recorded the previous evening at CHUNK project space in Leeds.

Utilising and processing various found tapes, field recordings and synth, the collaborative pairings weave two glistening threads of kitchen sink psychedelia, all shimmering silver evening light, warbled bird song, tape loop stretch, green moss scent, static hiss, morning hum, ritual, reflection, refraction, ferric slip, whirling wind, skittering clatter, metallic scrape, essential throb, golden flux…

Such monumental themes as existential concern, environmental stability, ecological cohabitation, the role of the Individual and the Collective, and spiritual transcendence are spun from the complex layering and deft manipulation of the humblest of sound sources.

House Sparrow Settle Back is released as a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered professionally dubbed cassettes and digital download via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp on Friday 12th July 2019. The cassette version is dubbed onto a white shell cassette with gold and pink A/B identifying stickers, housed in a recycled plastic sleeve with A6 postcard featuring artwork by Crow Versus Crow. Each copy is individually hand numbered. Each copy comes with a limited edition 25mm metallic badge.

Tape £7
Download £4



Friday, 12 July 2019

New Release: Chlorine - Gallooner (CVC013) Limited Edition Cassette & Digital Download


Chlorine
Gallooner
(CVC013)
Limited Edition of 50 cassettes & digital download




Crow Versus Crow is honored to be able to present to you Gallooner, by Chlorine – alias of thee mighty Gateshead-based artist and multi-instrumentalist, Graeme Hopper. Following last year’s Loser Herd, released on the Panarus Productions label, Gallooner, digs deeper into the artist’s psyche to construct heavily layered and complex sonic evocations and excavations of the artist’s Self. It is by far the most personal collection of recordings Chlorine has produced to date.

Anxiety. Loneliness. Self-Loathing. Depression.

All hewn crude in catharsis.

That is not to say that Gallooner is a violent, nihilistic, ugly record. As with many creative expressions of melancholy, there is a deep, complicated beauty within the intricate soundscapes. It’s probably a hopeful record. But its seeds are sown deep in frustration and doubt.

Gall.

Bitterness. Bile. Audacity.
A skin sore caused by chronic irritation.
Brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence.
Flaw.

And doubt.

With Gallooner, Chlorine has produced six varied yet cohesive soundscapes that range from throbbing, percussive, post-Dub, post-Industrial, post-Techno, sunk ravers, to heavily textured string-scraping, tape-hissing evocations of nocturnal wanderings, both dreamlike and concrete. Found sounds and field recordings coalesce with keys, strings and percussion to form intricate compositions rich in a symbiotic sense of geographic and psychological place.

Gallooner is released as a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered professionally dubbed cassettes and digital download via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp on Friday 12th July 2019, featuring artwork by Hopper. 

Tape £6
Download £4



Friday, 5 July 2019