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WATCH: Time Attendant
The Quietus , July 25th, 2012 11:46

Moon Wiring Club-directed clip for 'Wisteria of Albion'

On September 10th, Time Attendant, aka Deptford based painter and musician Paul Snowdon, will release his debut 12" Tournaments though Exotic Pylon, the record label run by sometime Quietus scribe Jonny Mugwump. Mastered by Ensemble Economique's Brian Pyle and featuring sleeve notes by Hacker Farm - both previous performers at Mugwump's Exotic Pylon events at the Vortex - the EP draws together clattering percussion reminiscent of dance music, with strange, angular melodies and drawn-out synth drone.

Tournaments will be released both as limited edition 12" and digital download. Both feature an extra digital only, 15 minute track entitled 'Harry Mandrake', which arrives in addition to the four tracks pressed to the 12". In advance of its release you can watch the appropriately trippy video for 'Wisteria of Albion', directed by Ian Hodgson, aka Moon Wiring Club, above.

And here's an extract of the accompanying notes, entitled Medievalism in Modern Electronic Music, to read after you've watched & listened.

"I mean, let’s be honest: it didn’t take long - a mere twenty years, thirty at the most; a short hop, skip and a jump in cultural terms - for electronic music to strip-mine itself of its own Futurity and Otherness. But turn your back and wait long enough, and not only does the New become the Old, but the Old eventually reconfigures itself into an Exotic Misremembered New... One day, very soon, Acid House will seem as fabulously alien and unknowable to us as, say, 13th century Muslim Alchemy. I like to think that Time Attendant is helping to hasten that day.

"At points the music rises up: sounds fall into line, march forward like a ragged, half-starved army recruited from local villagers, hinting at some common cause or an unspoken ideal worth dying for… But Time Attendant keeps a tight rein on the production, avoids the easy allure of bombast: Grandeur and pomp are suggested rather than fully embraced, so that Tournaments often feels like a proles-eye view of the world - it projects the idea of a better life, a future that has still yet to come into being; gives us glimpses of polished steel lying half-buried beneath the mud."