Mike Seed - Aether Blues
SVC - 016
‘Aether Blues’ was released on 3rd March 2008 on CD and
Download by SVC Records. It will be availableThis album is Mike’s eighth
for the paltry sum of ١.00 for the CD free postage and ١.00 for the high
quality 256kbps download which also comes with print quality artwork.
solo album not counting the ‘Songs For The Wintering Show Troupe’ compilation
and is a return to the darkest of dark uncompromising
maladjusted folk stylings of previous offerings like ‘Rookwood Dream’ which was
described as “a deeply moving, often harrowing collection of fiercely lo-fi
folk music, and as such,
nothing short of a minor masterpiece”.
Some notes about
This album is all one take one track straight to minidisc
through a lapel microphone held in place by a small safety pin. Apart from
"Knives, Forks & Spoons" which I think uses three tracks, I can't
remember. I passed the whole thing to my good friend Simon Pott who sorted
levels, added the odd singing glass and
muttering voice, threw bits down a mine shaft and left other bits alone. The
man has done a great job.
I was reading a lot of Robert Aickman at the time, hence
"Bind Your Hair" and "The Inland Waterways Association".
His Association contemporaries included LTC Rolt and Elizabeth Jane Howard. All
three were fine writers of the strange tale. I have the thought of them walking
quietly along the side of some canal, looking
down at their reflections. Aickman mutters, "Preserve, we must
preserve".&ampnbspThe water will not allow this.
Then there was the re-visiting
of Cindytalk, "Y" by The Pop Group, 1940's John Lee Hooker, Shirley
Collins and the inevitable bit of Syd. And Nico. "Rosehips" is Nico.
"Coins In A Tin" is best described as William Blake having a crack at
Frankie Tear. The references to Silbury Hill in that number were very
nearly ped in favour of Blackpool
Tower, something I regret not doing
now. It's a tricky one that ran away as soon as it saw the door was open.
"A Flock of Wrong" refers to the Sin Eater and a
form of absolution somewhat outside the
doctrine of the Catholic Church. Big Black's "Jordan Minnesota" came
out to play right at the end of it. The title "365 Heavens
Descending" refers to Basilides. I wanted
it to sound like Brian Jones Presents The Master Musicians
of Jajouka so I slapped it onto cassette, put the player in casserole dish and
re-recorded it with the cupboard door shut. It is a tribute to Simon that
something listenable came out of the cupboard. Mind you, our definition of
"listenable" has always been rather generous. I washed the casserole
dish before using it again.
"The Dark Wide Smile" was originally recorded for
the "Reynardine" compilation on Phil Legard's excellent Larkfall
label. However, instead of singing about
charming Mr Fox, I tried to become him within the boundaries of the song.
That's a strategy I won't be trying again for a while, because it worked.
What else? "Single Step Blues". A man would be
hanged away from his parish in order to keep the spirit from bothering those he
had known while he was alive. But he was allowed one step a night, just the
one. Slowly he made his way home. I'm not kind to the Dulcimer on that track,
but the way I see it, life is too short to learn how to play anything properly.
Getting things in tune is overrated, too.
Mike Seed – February 2008