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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Handmade Birds HB-069
Release Year: 2014
Note: new studio album to the 30th (!) anniversary of his famous 'Camouflage Heart' album => quite massive and sinister, highly idiosyncratic, abstract ambient compositions with a somehow elevating effect, often filled with powerful digital distortion and waving field recordings, but there are also wonderful moments of yearning and romanticism...
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"touchedRAWKISSEDsour is an all new full length album from icon Gordon Sharp (the Freeze, This Mortal Coil) that coincides with the 30th anniversary celebration of the Cindytalk genre-defining classic Camouflage Heart. This album follows the critically acclaimed 2013 release of A Life Is Everywhere on Austrian label and tastemaker Editions Mego." [label info]


"The term middle ground implies some
degree of compromise, but Gordon Sharp
places inbetween-ness at the core of his
work, exploring what lies outside regularly
codified categories.His catalogue has
resisted the confines of binary thinking
for decades - confronting normative
conceptions of gender, by becoming Cindy
in performances and in life, while eschewing
the trappings of readymade musical
genres, preferring instead to dwell upon
alien qualities of difference.His Cindytalk
project draws upon clanging post-punk,
icy electronica and modern composition,
and has vacillated between song based
and more abstract forms with ease.Take
this albums title : raw and sour arent
opposites, theyre just not the same. A
wordless venture into the furthest reaches
of Sharps electronic interests, the album
coincides with the 30th anniversary of
Cindytalks most famous release, the
industrial song cycle Camouflage Heart,
but its neither a nostalgic look back
over the shoulder or a forced step away.
Theres the sense that Sharp will not rest
upon the laurels of his back catalogue or
strain towards new realms solely for the
satisfaction of novelty.

The disc opens with Dancing On Ledges,
a soaring cycle of static clusters tearing
apart and immediately regrouping, and
it forms a stuttering exposition for the
rest of the album, which flows confidently
between moods and atmospheres.E Quindi
Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle moves from the
sounding of bells to an electronic military
march, evolving into a haunting, half-spoken
series of distant pulses, while Reversing
The Panopticon tinkles with high-pitched
melodic phrases buried in fuzz against
jumbled rumbling rhythms.
The standout track Yūgao is a soft,
ten minute pasture of delicate piano and
melancholy synthesized bedding. The
interplay between the elements is versatile
enough to prevent things from spilling over
into saccharine predictability.its beautifully
wrapped up in itself, full of longing and the
knowledge that the act of desire can be more
pleasurable than the attainment of desire.
When it draws to a close it doesnt so much
end as disperse.
None of the tracks truly coalesces, but
the album is stronger for it, taking on a
fleeting narrative quality. Sharp undermines
institutionalised, oppressive modes, and
his music explores abstraction of formal
thought and the possibilities it can provide
- the ideal arena for someone dedicated to
resisting the definitive." [Matt Krefting / THE WIRE]