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The second of three albums featuring the lyrics of Ian Moss performed in a spoken word setting with ambient music being provided by Space Museum.
All proceeds from the sale of this album will go to support Emmaus Salford Homeless Facility.
Notes for the words
Love twists - James Ellroy inspired piece , the Kill Pretty version is on the Dark Heart album
Hammer Blows - written in horror , Larry Gott wrote great music for it , recorded by Kill Pretty as b side of the Rob A Bank single.
Clever men with Thin Arms - a phrase thrown up during an episode of ' Games of Thrones' I seized it and wrote this in 2 or 3 minutes , the Kill Pretty version is on the Dark Heart album
Finnish Hitman , recounting accurately an encounter I had in Stockholm after watching FCUnited , tried once or twice with Kill Pretty to no avail
Dark Heart - I received as a birthday present from my close friend Ciarán a hip hop compilation that inspired me to write something rhythmical , the song was me preparing myself for open heart surgery , the Kill Pretty version is on the Dark Heart album.
A Day in September
Swastika Girls - a straight honest narrative account of the self destructive impulses I struggled with as a teenager , to a backdrop of Fripp and Eno , I spilt blood. Appear on the Kill Pretty album Bubblegum Now.
Devil Resides - about internal struggle , the Kill Pretty version is on the Dark Heart album
13 moons - drawing inspiration from a genius of cinema , the Kill Pretty version is on the Dark Heart album with a remix on the Snake Sheds Skins album.
Mirror Factory - my job was crushing me , I knew I needed to move on even though things might not work out , a resignation letter , the Kill Pretty version is on the Dark Heart album
Kenneth Williams Penpal - performed at either the last Sicknurse show or first Kill Pretty show depending on your perspective.
Zombie Beat - written as lyric for a dark electronic track at the request of a friend
Hessler Berghoff - a bad dream gifted me this , recorded by Sicknurse and Kill Pretty on the album "in 80 days".
Limboland - on the Kill Pretty album , Snake Sheds Skins , more misery!
Wild at Heart - written while recuperating , it was all in my head as I took a walk , simply poured it onto a page when I got home , on Kill Pretty album bubblegum now
Emperors New Clothes , , 2 versions by kill pretty on albums , in 80 days and Snake Sheds Skins. Fame at any level plays tricks with people's perceptions
Notes for the sounds
The pace was picking up we were recording at a ridiculously fast rate, even for me - this set would be predominantly jazz and dub.
Love Twists - Jimmy Smith influenced Hammond repeated ad infinitum with strange swirling things
Hammer Blows (Raining Blood) - Larry Gott's original was breathtakingly good so I found myself trying to make it as simple as possible - rhythm and electric piano
Clever Men Who Have Thin Arms - Filles de Kilimanjaro without the trumpet - it's jazzy man
Finnish Hitman - ambient sounds, jamaican drums, and Fripp/Eno squiggles
Dark Heart - back to that Miles Davis sound, I couldn't possibly cope with the magnificence of the original so I just took it to a smoky bar somewhere
A Day In September - paranoia, conspiracy and claustrophobia
Swastika Girl - jazz piano and atonal synth clusters
Devil Resides - experimenting with some of the more fascinating parts of the Oscillator synth - live mixing of the echo/reverb elements
13 Moons - previous de-constructed elsewhere but this time King Tubby influenced
Mirror Factory - Moet as Francis Albert at the bar of the Dog & Duck at closing time asking Joe to set them up again.
Kenneth Williams Penpal - simple electronic repetition
Zombie Beat - sweeps, Wakeman-esque piano's, the nearest you'll get to prog around here matey
Hessler Berghoff - funky urban stuff.....IM reminds me of Old Gunslinging Bill on this one so I imagine a dance hall with William, Brion, Jack K and Allen G doing the funky chicken to this tune.
Limboland - a tune I spent many hours reconstructing from studio bits so I needed to exorcise that experience - more elevator music for the slightly deranged.
Wild at Heart - soul jazz urban - saxophone by Lash Pedicure of Hard The Transition
Emperors New Clothes - another one I spent hours reconstructing a couple of years back so the need to do something different- an exercise in dub which seemed logical - no grudges here.
released April 10, 2015
Ian Moss - Words
Ion-Morph - Narration
Space Museum - Synths, Programming
Lash Pedicure - Saxophone on Wild At Heart
Artwork - Todd Rempling
Recorded at Grovenor and The Den February 2015