Love Song For The Dead C
Emerald Cocoon 07
Stunning edition of only 288 copies LP with bootleg-style paste-on sleeves from Yek Koo aka Helga Fassonai of Metal Rouge, released to coincide with her installation at Human Resources Gallery in LA: very much in the tradition of sprawling, idiosyncratic 90s underground doubles like Harsh 70s Reality, Market Square and Twin Infinitives, Love Song For The Dead C hymns the legendary NZ trio by cramming a double LP’s worth of ideas onto a single slab of vinyl. Bookended by two version of a Persian love song (one sung in Farsi, one in English), the set moves from odd percussive metal trance pieces that match NNCK style oblivions with pugilistic drum machine retorts through submerged samples of The Dead C themselves – snatches from “The Provider” and “Bone” – matching The Dead C’s own overtly crude application of cassette samples with haunting folk chorales and sudden eruptions of usurped rock logic, entering into a kind of hallucinatory zone where female vocals orbit strange strings while amplifiers trade heat and static and that classic run-out-groove appeal of The Dead C’s classic recordings is smeared to the point of dissolve. The almost side-long “The Top Is The Bottom” is one of the most staggering navigations of deconstructed electric rock form this side of The Dead C’s The White House. A classic underground side, highly recommended!