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Tag Archives: 1999

Nurse With Wound – Lunar Cement Sidewalk

Would you like to listen to a piece of music that transports you to creepy Victorian back alley’s where the lost are approached by sharply dressed demons? How about being thrust into another dimension where time moves backwards and soundforms and physical forms are interchangeable; where the pastoral and industrial link arms and dane a ring around the rosie? Listen to this track from Stapleton and co’s 1999 album ‘An Awkward Pause’ and let us know if it fulfills any of those wishes.


Nurse With Wound – Mummer’s Little Weeper

This subtle piece of music that closes 1999’s brilliant ‘An Awkward Pause’ album is simultaneously beautiful and sinister. The musical equivalent of a warm, balmy summer evening in the pitch black darkness. Stunning.

Rhythm & Sound – Carrier

The Basic Channel guys with a splendid slab of aquatic Techno from 1999.

Coil – Red Birds Will Fly Out Of The East And Destroy Paris

Coil channeling their inner Tangerine Dream on a pulsing, Ambient synth beast from their massive 1999 album ‘Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1’.

Aranos – Confessions

Aranos (pronounced “Aranyosh”) with a beautiful home made, Slavic folk ditty. This is from the Czech’s 1999 album ‘Making Love in Small Spaces’.

Aranos – Grim & Grey

Folky song shenanigans from the Czech’s 1999 album ‘Making Love In Small Places’. This is great stuff from a man who explores several different directions; sometimes during one track.

Theo Parrish – Overyohead

Yep, yet another sublime House tune from Detroit’s Parrish. This one was from back in 1999, and like many Parrish joints, has retained a freshness due to not following the herd.

Volcano the Bear – Nobody’s Falling

Leicester’s Volcano the Bear carry the torch for Avant-Rockers past, especially This Heat; though one can hear remnants of Robert Wyatt (vocal style*), The Residents, Faust, Henry Cow, and Renaldo & the Loaf. Sometimes hit and miss, but when they hit, they hit hard (an incredible live act). Here’s an example of the band “on target”, and a solid reminder of how much joy horns can bring to underground music.

*see also – This Heat.

The Beta Band – It’s Not Too Beautiful

In 1999, this was definitely Indie-in-an-ideal-world; as in, it wasn’t Brit Pop or any of the other assorted beige cock-drippings that orbited around said “Brit-Pop”. This Scottish outfit had much more to them, and were at times rather expansive. In this track there’s a wonderful, and odd moment, where the track breaks into a section with a John Barry sample. It’s unexpected, yet works beautifully. This is from their self-titled 1999 debut album.

Porter Ricks – Phosphoric

Isolationist piece from the collaborative 1999 album ‘Symbiotics’ with Porter Ricks and Techno Animal. The album is a succession of one acts tracks after the other, rather than a full on “collaboration”. This track is from Porter Ricks.

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