"first release from Joel Stern of Sky Needle's new imprint, Disembraining.
VT - "New release on Joel Stern of Sky Needle et al’s Australian underground imprint: second LP by Brisbane acoustic pop destroyer Amateur Childbirth aka Ivan Matthew Hicks. Recorded by Joel Stern in his old Grecian home across 2012-2013, Hicks summons the lonesome ghosts of Chris Knox and the Kilgour brothers across a buncha tracks that would transmute The Madcap Laughs into even more paranoid contemporary scenarios, with lyrics that feel like scraps of found text, rejection letters, mysterious reports and self-loathing diary entries. Hicks channels the early Flying Nun singer/songwriter style with considerable aplomb, giving the nod to the cracked visions of the Shimmy Disc roster while digging into new vectors of blurry acoustic drone and edge of the bed heartbreak and confusion. Stern’s recording style is key, with enough haze and distance to situate the goings-on in a parallel universe where the ghost of Tall Dwarfs is the presiding deity and the bedroom the beating heart of the kingdom. Great loner folk-pop power-cried straight to tape, recommended. "
"Pripyat is the second LP from Brisbane acoustic pop destroyer Amateur Childbirth, aka Ivan Matthew Hicks. Recorded by Joel Stern (Sky Needle) in his old Grecian home over a protracted period through 2012 - 2013 - It is an eleven part atonal poem to the desecration of the hollow halls of Eastern Europe by UFO cults, a soliloquy to the radiation blossoming in the clouds from its broken windows as the populace flee down ropes. Paul Slater guests on drums, Josh Watson (Sewers) on violin, and the Ecclesiastic Uprising of the Comet's Tail guest as spiritual & literary support."
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 26 December, 2013.