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KA-SPEL, EDWARD - Tales from the Trenches

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Fourth Dimension Records
Release Year: 2024
Note: 250 copies on brown vinyl, 250 on black
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €23.00


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Mostly known for his work as founder, vocalist and main songwriter for The Legendary Pink Dots, Edward Ka- Spel has long forged an equally prolific career as a solo artist given to sometimes exploring similar sonic realms as his group but clearly working at such a pace the need to channel ideas and songs in this capacity must be enforced. And just as well too, because Edward Ka-Spel is one of those rare and exceptional artists whose high workrate doesnt betray a keen sense of quality control. Long known as somebody unafraid to venture wherever he pleases, his work has for a few decades now long traversed the more outward-bound or so-called fringe areas of electronic music, psychedelia, hypnotic rock, kosmische sounds and the avant-garde. Heartily sewn into all of this is Edwards fantastic grasp of spinning a twilight tale or spiralling deep into the minds recesses to craft a song from comparatively nimble melodies and words of Kafka-esque proportions. Its a strikingly rich blend thats always deserved far more attention than the cult audience it thankfully at least has.

Tales from the Trenches is the second release by Edward for Lumberton Trading Company. Following on from the abstract-flavoured Permission to Leave the Temple 10 released at the start of 2023, this LP collects eight tracks of a personal nature mostly pinned into place by some refined electro rhythms, molten cosmic textures, plaintive strings, introspective keys and a late night hue that sways effortlessly between the beautiful, haunted and even, a couple of times, a steam-pumped and sweat-ravaged dancefloor. Limited to 500 only, Tales from the Trenches delivers exactly as the title indicates. Everything may at first feel ominous or sombre in tone, but theres also a glimmer of hope laid bare in all its sun-drenched glory poking between the cracks.

Tracklist

Side One

1. 1919 (5.20)
2. Archetype (3.51)
3. Charcoal Estates / Votes For Pinocchio / No Gateway (8.31)
4. X Marks The Spot (5.10)

Side Two

1. No Show Tonight (5.18)
2. They Seek Her There (6.06)
3. Platform 5 (6.11)
4. No Show Tomorrow (4.34)

Listen to 'Platform 5' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cWece7H3ac