RIYL: Tortoise, Slint, Seefeel, Flying Saucer Attack, Labradford, Boymerang
Label: Fire Records
If I was to own one album alone… This might be the one.
Bark Psychosis‘ -94 debut-album ” Hex“ is considered to be one of the most important releases in it’s genre.Â Â Not only because it is said to beÂ the origin ofÂ the term “Post-Rock” (coined by a critic in Mojo Magazine to partlyÂ describe their sound), but more importantly because it is a completely captivating, stunning piece of work. Â If you haveÂ ever givenÂ it 50 minutes of your undivided attention, you will know of what I preach.
Bark Psychosis at the time pulled conventional rock-structures apart, and slowly builtÂ something new, something delicately challenging our recognition and expectations. There areÂ ambient aesthetics flowing throughout the album, painting huge atmospheric outlines. Percussive drums and dubby grooves leave heavy prints, whileÂ a variety of keys, synths, strings, horns (even melodica) colors out the details through some of the deadliestÂ mixing/producing ever to be done. Exquisite details wash over you like gentle waves of darkness, soothing in aÂ slightly disturbing way. Â If you needÂ yourÂ mind at ease this is the perfect soundtrack to release, yourÂ current state of mind being aÂ factor that helpsÂ decide which way to go.
HexÂ represents the sound of perfect balance, so powerful and majestic yet so fragile and delicate. Â Silence has never seemed so loud.Â
Fear not, this album is nowhere near as pretentious as my ramblings here. It is simply smartÂ and sophisticated throughÂ succeedingÂ ambitions.
It took 10 years for Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis’ main-brain) to come up with a follow up, with 2004’s “///Codename: Dustsucker“.Â Â PerhapsÂ the perfect follow up to the perfect debut.
If you ever come across anyÂ original pressings of either, you better be ready to shred 150$+Â Demand is high.
Remastered from the original 1/2″ tapes, and cut onto doubleÂ 45rpm Vinyl, I expect nothing but the very best from this release. Â Â Jump on it, no regrets.
(Now, it was indeed Fire Records that initially put out ”Â ///Codename: Dustsucker”, so if we ask kindly we might just get the whole package…)
BARK PSYCHOSIS â HEX
This item will be released on September 15, 2017.
Bark Psychosisâ acclaimed debut album remastered and officially reissued for the first time on double 45rpm vinyl.
The recent release of Jeanette Leechâs book âFearless: The Making Of Post-Rockâ (Jawbone Press) celebrates post-rock and its origins. Finding new inspiration, bands were beginning to experiment with techniques as the digital age took over.
A case study in her new book, Bark Psychosis were one of the most innovative bands of their time and as legend has it, saw the first use of the term âpost-rockâ by music critic Simon Reynolds.
Following several singles and EPs, the avant-garde soundscapes built around drones and samples of 21-minute stand-out track âScumâ arrived just two years before their seminal debut âHexâ (1994). Frustrated by the mainstream, âScumâ was a huge statement that set them apart from the beginning.
Bark Psychosisâ sound was born out of their improvisations at makeshift studio within St Johnâs Church in Stratford. Taking a year to complete âHexâ left the band on the brink of collapse and by the time of its release they had dissolved.
Hailed as a masterpiece, itâs âmysterious, haunting, and breathtakingly visionaryâ (Allmusic). Breaking down their songs and rebuilding them in the studio brought distinguishing ambient soundscapes and an atmospheric experimental sound. Last year Fact Magazine deservedly gave the album further recognition with it claiming top spot in their â30 Best Post-Rock Albums Of All Timeâ.
Following âHexâ and the disintegration of the band, Graham Sutton went on to create seminal Drum ânâ Bass as Boymerang and hugely acclaimed production work for the likes of These New Puritans, British Sea Power, Silver Apples, Jarvis Cocker and East India Youth. He revived Bark Psychosis at the turn of the millennium, eventually releasing another album, the equally extraordinary â///Codename: Dustsuckerâ
Newly remastered in 2017 from the original analog tapes at Metropolis Studios by Graham Sutton and Stuart Hawkes, and reissued officially for the first time, Bark Psychosisâ debut âHexâ will be available on double vinyl / CD / Hi-res FLAC on September 15th
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