THE COMPLAINER - SAINT TINNITUS IS MY LEADER (2012)
This is the first in years album by Wojciech Kucharczyk recorded without the band or guests, completely solo. Although some alien, robotic, synthesised voices appear, but they come more from the dream, not reality, Mr „OK“ Alex is the main among them.
The music here, which was chosen from dozens of new constructions recorded during the sessions tracks back somehow to the first releases by The Complainer, but most of all shows the new possibilities in compositional skills, matured and weird enough to call it original in style and vision. Heavy electronics are back, no acoustic intruments used besides some field recorded samples. Advanced processing, unusal sound production, sometimes very subtle, on the other hand very raw and rude, for the first time also so much analogue.
All the compopsitions are in the darker mood, but this darkness comes from the reflection, thought, focus on detail, night-time, not from the doom. There is a lot of blasting light coming out from the gaps between the sounds. Can we call it „european voodoo“?
Tempos are rather slow, at least unusually slow for The Complainer, and rhythms tell other stories than used to be before - even if it is still tropical in some elements, the clock has some small apocalypses to tell.
And the bass, of course, is deep.
Words are codes, spells, riddles, shouts, in polish, in somehow broken, international english and in the unknown languages too. Like you opening the ancient book, and there is a tone of 500 years old dust pouring out onto your new iPad. Can you imagine?
Saint Tinnitus is the ghost living in the ear, whistling all the time. And he is giving the orders to march forward all the time. He is the Leader. Only when you play the music he stops to make his noises and starts to listen...
On this album also numbers tell the story, you need to calculate and divide and see what is the effect. Just try.
This album is dedicated to famous „Ambassadors“ painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, a lot of mysteries have origins there, this is the symbol of one big surprise and awesomness in art. History and being european are for the first time so important in Wojciech Kucharczyk’s work. Before always escaping to distant and hot lands, now he is looking around and dig for the stories on local mode. Like Columbus back in the Old Continent, with eyes refreshed by the long distance travels.
The album is packed in deluxe, handmade, gold paint screenprinted box with treasures inside. Three versions of packaging (basic [MROK], deluxe 1 [THAT], deluxe 2 [DRAK], with various maps, drawings, some of them by the hand of the author himself, graphics, real photos, old papers, gazettes, small items… This album and it’s all versions is limited to 444 copies only.
Bonus album „The Saint Tinnitus Gazette“ is included in deluxe 2 version and as separate run (33 copies only!). And of course we have digital download, mp3/flac/wave, including some full-printable big size graphics also.
Strongly recommended for all collectors and connesuirs of the old-style good handcraft, art and design. And deep, intimate music without borders.
TEXT © Jan Mikuła
barcode/EAN: 590 7747864 06 1
tags: electronic, dark, history, knowledge, wiedza, trip, travel, unique, blast, post-everything, bass, science, secret, library, numbers, light,
01 13 (before I die) 03:31
02 four (cook book) 04:17
03 999 vs 666 (ASSKIP) 02:17
04 14 (letter) 04:24
05 six (so do spirits) 02:23
06 30000 (without the words) 02:38
07 17 (african sky) 03:49
08 24 (fate) 03:43
09 twenty two (many different parts) 03:32
10 pietnascie (pusty) 03:32
11 11 (CAPTCHA) 03:31
12 18 (regulation) 08:17
13 12 (culture) 02:10