Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gareth Williams & Marie Currie - Flaming Tunes

It's a rainy, laggard day today, so I figure why not post some rainy, laggard day music? This is a rather obscure and eclectic (almost exotic, even hypnotizing at times) minimalist record made by Gareth Williams of This Heat and his friend and musical colleague Mary Currie. I still haven't figured out if that's her real name or just a pseudonym. I guess I'll never know for sure. It was originally recorded at home and released on cassette in 1985. Its influences range widely and were heavily inspired by a series of trips to India a few years prior. This album is markedly soft and soothing (for the most part - the latter half is a wee bit darker in tone), not anxiety-inducing and ear-piercing post punk like you'd expect from This Heat. Most of the instrumentation is sparse, but everything is incredibly cohesive and woven together to create something truly unique. The album was recently re-released complete with fully remastered tracks and a whopping 16 page booklet as well, so if you like what you hear, do buy the the re-release and support that type of thing.

You can purchase the fully remastered version here:

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