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HAYWARD, CHARLES - Switch on War

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Sub Rosa SR40
Release Year: 2004
Note: re-release of album from 1991 by the legendary THIS HEAT-drummer & singer
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Sehr aussergewöhnliche Klänge vom Ex-THIS HEAT & CAMBERWELL NOW-Frontmann, aufgenommen 1991 zum ersten Golfkrieg. Verzerrte Orgelflächen, aus denen sich seltsame Patterns & Sounds herausschälen, explodierende Perkussion & geschriene Lyrics im Hintergrund.....schwelend und obskur bedrohlich und verstörend...wütender und verzweifelter Experimental-Ambient. Jetzt endlich wiederveröffentlicht.

“MUSIC FOR THE ARMCHAIR THEATRE OF WAR. A UNIQUE AND ENTERTAINING SOUVENIR FOR YOU TO TREASURE AND KEEP. 'Switch on War' a dream state synthesis of nights watching live TV coverage of the 1st Gulf War, the reduction of colours to an electron midnight blue, the long periods of nothing really happening, the contrasting landscapes, (the desert, the city at night, the newsroom), the sudden hurtling through space, through a doorway, a camera on the nose of a missile, the bearing of silent witness slowly turning into complicity and mute acquiescence. At the back of the mind the thought that all this would soon be reduced to snapshot memories, archive, newsreel, history.
Originally devised as a performance for the Club Integral, in South London, at the height of the military activity, 'Switch on War' was a harsh and brutal response to the media coverage of the conflict informed by a grotesque and disconcerting anti-music aesthetic
heavily influenced by the disorientating, overloaded sound world of Space Invaders arcades. The CD version was recorded binaurally some weeks later, live in a disused morgue, as the war came to its stalemate close. By this time the anger had a bleak streak of sadness, a distorted expressionist requiem. This CD had the life expectancy of a magazine article or some such, no more than a year and it would be archive, a mere souvenir.“ [Charles Hayward]