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COLECLOUGH, JONATHAN & ANDREW LILES - Torch Songs

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Die Stadt DS93
Release Year: 2007
Note: lim. 500 / gatefold-cover / 180 gr vinyl // www.diestadtmusik.de
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"Liles Reworking injiziert sublimen Feinklang in Colecloughs Improvisationen, etwas Subliminales, ein stndig morphendes, manderndes Sirren und Drhnen, fernen Glockenklang, knispeliges undefinierbares Hantieren. Die Sinne werden in einen trumerischen Zustand versenkt, der sie offen macht fr Halluzinationen, die die rechte Hirnhlfte der linken einflt und zusummt. Die Flamme dieser Torch Songs ohne Worte brennt fr keine verlorene Liebe, keinen unbekannten Soldaten, sondern vielleicht fr das Unbekannte selbst." [Bad Alchemy]

"'Torch Songs' is a collaboration between Jonathan Coleclough and Andrew Liles. They met in October 2004 when they both performed at Intergration 3 in Preston, UK. Liles subsequently reworked the recording of Coleclough's solo performance from that evening. He went on to add, subtract, multiply and divide further live recordings supplied by Coleclough, and the eventual result was this double LP. 'Torch Songs' is packaged in a gatefold sleeve featuring 'I dreamt I was a river,' a poem composed and painted by Geoff Sawers during a performance with Coleclough in Geneva in March 2005. The sound of Geoff's brush painting this lettering can be heard on side B of 'Torch Songs'. The album comes in a beautiful full colour gatefold sleeve with full colour inner sleeves in a limited edition of 500 copies. 180gr. Vinyl !" [press release]

"Much like the entire back catalogue of John Duncan, British avant-drone artist Jonathan Coleclough has often buttressed his work
through an ongoing set of collaborations, each of which push his work into interesting territories while maintaining that essence of Coleclough that makes all of his albums so enthralling. His 2006 collaboration with Murmer was easily one of the best drone albums of that year, twisting field recordings and quiet sessions with electric objects into a gauzy, crepuscular blur that even made those at Artforum perk up their ears and listen. Torch Songs came to fruition when both Coleclough and Liles performed in Preston (probably at the request of the ever-charming Colin Potter) in 2005. In fact, much of the source material for Torch Songs originated from Coleclough's performance to which Liles went on to "add, subtract, multiply, and divide" further. The fundamentals of Torch Songs are primarily Coleclough's signature moves: swelling, resonant drones manipulated from acoustic sources and distilled into tonally vibrant beams of pure sound. Yet, Liles (who in and of himself is a fine technician of sonic alchemy to the point where he has often graced the stage alongside Steve Stapleton, Colin Potter, and Matt Waldron in Nurse With Wound) interjects his own sidereal gestures with wooden creaks, digital time stretching, radiant eruptions of dissonant couplings with Coleclough's drones, and occasional jaunts of heavily filtered tin-can and rubber-band rhythms that parallel much of the output from Liles' recent 12 part Vortex series. Yet for all of Liles' baroque flares for the sonically surreal, it is Coleclough who authors the
strongest material on Torch Songs through his sublime use of the drone. The first 300 copies of Torch Songs comes with a bonus CD that
documents Coleclough's aforementioned Preston performance back in 2005." [Aquarius Records]