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Artist
Phew
ReleaseProduct
Vertical Jamming
Label
Disciples
Catalogue Number
DISC7DL2
Release Date
May 14, 2020

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Vertical Jamming, Disciples’ new release from the Japanese punk/avant-garde legend Phew, is an expanded edition of a CD that was only previously available on the artist’s 2016 tour. This is a generous offering indeed - the original run of ‘Cheers’ and ‘Encore’ already clocked in at almost an hour, and that barrier is now firmly broken by the addition of the eleven-minute-long ‘Drone’ (please note that, for the cassette version of Vertical Jamming, ‘Drone’ has been included as a downloadable bonus track rather than on the tape itself).

‘Drone’ is, largely, an apt title for this track. Building from a faraway-sounding oscillation, the piece coalesces into a strangely beatific bit of metal machine music, one that comes off almost like a more distorted, industrial version of new age. Around halfway in the track begins to fluctuate, its air of serenity compromised by strange arpeggiated screeching sounds. It is at once beautiful and troubling.

Though ‘Drone’ is a new addition to this Vertical Jamming release, Phew says that ‘Cheers’ and ‘Encore’ are effectively sequels to ‘Drone’. One can hear this when listening back to them - these tracks expand on ‘Drone’s second half, their concrete-like atmospheres flitting between a series of quixotic and alien vignettes. The overall effect makes one think of a sort of bedroom rendering of Einstürzende Neubauten.

Disciples continue their fabulous run of rare treats with a new set of avant-drone from former Aunt Sally vocalist Phew.

Pre-order Information

We endeavour to ensure pre-orders reach you on the official release date. The date indicated above is the nearest possible delivery date according to the distributor, and is therefore liable to change at any time in accordance with changes made by the distributor.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Cheers Phew 29:08 Buy
  2. 2 Encore Phew 26:50 Buy
  3. 3 Drone Phew 11:16 Buy

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