Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cold Cave from Hospital Productions - repress

I'm still waiting on the triple split of cold cave / blessure grave / crocodiles on down in the ground records but then I saw Hospital Productions repressed their debut single this time on clear vinyl, now I've been hearing that clear vinyl is the worst quality because of the manufacturing process, but then there's a label issuing all this stuff on clear vinyl...classic jazz etc because of the iron or whatever in the vinyl that magnetizes and somehow degrades the sound? Either way I'm pretty excited to get this on vinyl and not (just) because of the cover.
Cold Cave is really authentically working with kind of an outdated sound and cleanly capturing all the ..well coldness of the sound...I think the B-side 'Always Someone' expands on the pure drum machine / joy division sound with layers and layers of synth loops and distanced vocals...that sounds like they are slowly decaying away...that's a direction I'm interested to hear them take...combine the default machine aspect of the instrumentation and force some humanity into it with some kind of organic decomposition.
The 12" EP threw me with the guy and the girl on the sleeve it looked like some kind of peter bjorn and john thing before I had even heard it, so I kind of looked the other way...that'll teach me...the sound is anything but cute indie pop. It definitely takes me back to discovering killing joke and skinny puppy...that combination of technology and depression that The Smiths were lacking. It just made perfect sense...these instruments were meant to make this almost can't help but come up with this stuff.

COLD CAVE -painted nails - 7" repress on clear vinyl $8

the first pressing of 500 sold out in 3 weeks via mailorder. this is the second pressing on (clear vinyl) due to overwhelming demand on clear vinyl. i have seen the future, and it's no place for me. this is a special record for hospital. although we have always shared a certain love for trance, power noise, synth pop, and 80's industrial music it is the first time we directly venture into this controversial and rhythmic world. cold cave presents 3 tracks of authentically morose epic anthems with the texture of a shattered champagne glass.
imagine a highly damaged downward spiral era demo hitting the raw nerve to heart where all breaths freeze in rapture and all feelings croak in the blood of the beat-less heart.
clear vinyl repress.

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