Tom Rapp – A Journal Of The Plague Year
Label:Woronzow – WOO 35
A1 Silver Apples (A Cappella)
A2 The Swimmer (For Kurt Cobain)
A6 Hopelessly Romantic
B1 Running In My Dream
B2 Wedding Song
B3 Silver Apples II (For Simeon)
B4.1 Where Is Love
B4.2 State U
B4.3 Just Let The Grass Grow
Includes a poster and a lyric insert.
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A Journal Of The Plague Year (CD, Album, Dig) Woronzow WOO 35 UK 2000
A Journal Of The Plague Year (CD, Album, Dig) rubric records rub 04 US 1999
Catalogue No. : Siren 022
Released by Siren Records, Tokyo
Release Date : 01 September 2013
Ordering details : http://farawaypress.info/#/siren-records/4548463754 (scroll to bottom of the page)
A debut release on CD of the second part of the trilogy of recordings by
Ferial Confine dating back to 1985.
Here sensitively remastered by Denis Blackham from the original master tapes at Skye Mastering and with a beautiful
facsimile mini LP style sleeve, made in Japan.
Meiosis was initially published via the Broken Flag label in England in late 1985 on C60 cassette and deleted shortly
afterwards, although there appeared some copies in circulation.
In view of the high sonic range of much of Meiosis, it was clear that a duplicated cassette was an inferior release format-
already in that period when CD was not really yet familiar.
Even though 28 years' is perhaps a lengthy wait, Siren Records is pleased to finally present a fully remastered version
of Meiosis on CD. It follows the same production quality of the initial release The Full Use Of Nothing, and Meiosis forms the bridge
between that and the subsequent album First, Second And Third Drop (released in 2007 on CD).
Amidst the chaos of the first two albums appears a sense of order and melodic structure that is already strongly established
by the close of Meiosis.
Early experimentation in acoustic percussion and primitive multi-tracking techniques shaped the sound and spirit of these
formative recordings, somehow very tentative but leading to an on-going fascination with subtle shifts in balance and nuances
of sound within a limited palette, albeit in a wild and free series of performances here.
As the second part of the projected Siren re-issue trilogy ;
'The Full Use Of Nothing' (1985), 'Meiosis' (1985) and 'First, Second And Third Drop' (1986),
the primitive energy and somehow primeval expression of the first two albums is a vital key to the distinct changes and subsequent
refinement that would follow afterwards and contains the pure essence of the project, from a different period almost 30 years past.
Meiosis is in an edition of 500 copies with Japanese language obi and features the original reproduced artwork by Andrew Chalk for the album.
The CD was manufactured by in Japan. Layout by Magda Stepien, translations by Daisuke Suzuki.