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hemp is here

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Released: 19th Feb 2013

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A lost, much-overlooked gem from the fertile British underground circa 1985, Highly Recommended for followers of General Strike, Robert Wyatt, Flaming Tunes & Flying Lizards.

Remastered from the original tapes by James Plotkin, ‘Hemp is Here’ came & went in 1985, as both a cassette release (Unlikely Records) & vinyl release (Cordelia) in the blink of an eye. The duo of Peter Karkut & Maggie Turner managed to craft one of the strangest, most affecting albums of new wave experimentalism of the era, but due to the album’s impossible-to-find status, it’s been largely forgotten & continuously overlooked ever since. At times it feels like a modern, electronic take on gamelan music with crashing rhythms & modal melodies corrupted via bewildering sonic processes. Karkut layers organ sequences over & over, constructing songs that have more in common tonally with music you’d hear in gothic cathedrals than any sort of school of electronic music. On the surface, Karkut’s complex compositions seem at odds with Turner’s often-detached, stunning vocals, but it’s the dichotomy of those 2 disparate elements that latch on & don’t let go.

hemp is here

Tracklist

  1. Our Position Vanishes
  2. Prague Spring
  3. Iraj 11
  4. La Luna
  5. Sedes Sapientiae
  6. Carry the Torch
  7. Morse Message
  8. This Inner Space
  9. Rumi
  10. Das Seal
  11. Held in Arms