Red Wine and Sugar – Dogs, Blood, Storms, Spiders [LP]

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Red Wine and Sugar – Dogs, Blood, Storms, Spiders [LP]

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Label: Index Clean

Format: LP

Year: 2017

After giving us all a chance to get caught up with their first wave of studies for greyscale warble and questionable advice cut-ups, Red Wine and Sugar make fine use of their first opportunity to occupy two whole sides to themselves. Building on their template just enough to keep things exciting and somewhat mysterious, the ability to stretch out serves the pair quite well. The editing techniques have gotten even sharper, clearly made evident within the first few seconds of“Like Honey in a Jar”, and there’s also a shift towards more explicitly musical source material suits them well. A haunted, gloomy filter casts the stitched pieces in a unifying low light, as they stroll through sections f bin rattle, incidental music, wildlife, cable hum, broken hand percussion, and much more. There’s even time for an extended, conked out, blurry daydream passage in “View of the Darkened Room”. While similar themes relating of tactics for overcoming personal psychological defects remain from the previous recordings, much of the LP pulls its text from what seem to be even darker and more esoteric resources. The pages here are lifted from some shady playbooks, with the subject matter seemingly alluding to clandestine activity, going off the radar, etc. Shadowy cloak and dagger dealings to make this a real gripper and every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Download comes in handy for a miserable, rainy commute on public transportation.

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12" vinyl version of the first Red Wine and Sugar album, following the now sold out 2016 compact disc compilation of short run cassette releases 'Chattels + The Confidence and Humour of John'. 'Dogs, Blood, Storms, Spiders' was recorded in various locations in Victoria, Australia during 2015-16. Regular weight black vinyl, limited to 100 copies.