Quite a cool review of my 'Thirty-Nine Years of Decay' cdr which was released by Striate Cortex.
Cathal Rodgers' new set of soundscapes heaves up like a mean
orchestra barely containing its wrath. But it does, and that’s its
astuteness. With a long string of louder work behind him as Wereju,
Rodgers continues to investigates a liminal world of dreams, unknowing,
displacement, oblivion and ends, and in this sense, there is continuity
as his guitar laments and loathes Thirty-Nine Years of Decay.
His frightening vision is very much of this world viewed from the
brink of its various precipices, both geographical and spiritual. The
path he chooses or perhaps has been compelled to wander leaves his
guitar no resort but to struggle with the burden of decrepitude. And yet
as it sheds corporeal states, it seems to want to both erode and damage
its surroundings as much as celebrate them. The five pieces range from
seven to seventeen minutes and are far too rich in incident to be called
drones and their terrain is far too robust, forested and downright
recognizable to be otherworldly. ”Part II” begins by mimicking the
mournful wail of a harmonica, a lone coyote of a drawl on the empty
desert floor under a cold starry night that just gets bigger, brighter
and less forgiving. A milestone along the road this record traverses,
which is slowly torn apart in gothic splendor as the closing track is
swept up in the maelstorm.
As for the packaging, another frankly luscious work of art by label
head Andy Robinson. Perhaps the artist/designer should not outshine his
artist/musician, but I rather see it as an homage and response from the
designer to the music.
The cdr is sold out from the label, but I still have a few copies remaining. Alternatively you can get a digital copy through Bandcamp.