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NURSE WITH WOUND - Insect & Individual Silenced

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: United Dairies / Raash Org UD08Cd / RAASH01
Release Year: 2007
Note: lovely re-issue of the fourth regular NWW-LP from 1981. Eight panel digipack, silver printed slip, new art by MATT WALDRON and Mr. STAPLETON himself. Sealed copies. 1st ed. 700 copies. BACK IN STOCK THIS RARE & LUXURIOUS RE-EDITION !!
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"The long awaited release to compact disc gets perhaps the most lavish and beautiful packaging of any Nurse With Woud CD to date. Housed in an eight panel digipack and frosted silver printed slip cover, with updated art by Matt Waldron. All original artwork from the legendary 1981 release is reproduced faithfully on the inside covers. The audio has been painstakingly and lovingly digitally mastered. A four panel insert includes a new Steven Stapleton collage and the story as told by Mr. Stapleton of how this remarkable reissue has come to be." [label info]

"Steve Stapleton has always viewed Insect And Individual Silenced as a monumental failure. So much so, that he had resisted every attempt by friends, colleagues, and other labels to convince him to reissue this album. Yet, obviously with this elaborately packaged reissue, he's finally been convinced to the contrary. Insect And Individual Silenced emerged as the fourth Nurse With Wound album back in 1980, and found Steve Stapleton out on his own as the principal soundmaker for the ensemble. Yet he had convinced Jim Thirlwell (Foetus) and Trevor Reidy to join him in the studio, just to see what would happen. According to the liner-notes, the studio sessions found Thirlwell fucking around with his amplifier, cable buzz, and the jack-plugs; Reidy brought in a drum kit, which he skitters across on one of the three lengthy cuts on the album; and Stapleton had his arsenal of junk, toys, and tapes. Through the aid
of drugs and alcohol, Stapleton mixed and mastered the album; and
quickly sent it off to get it pressed. When the albums arrived, he
admits being horrified by the results, qualifying it as "a dismal
failure, a dreadful pressing, and an appallingly carefree mix -- in
fact a seriously misguided project altogether." So he vowed to never
reissue the album by burning the masters.
Yet some 25 years later, a confluence of events forced Steve
to reconsider his position. First came a package from Matt Waldron of
irr. app. (ext.) with reconditioned artwork for the original album;
then came word that Robot Records' mastermind Kevin Spencer had
painstakingly constructed a digital master from the original vinyl
simply because he had loved the album so much. So when Steve finally
returned to the work, he now admits being "pleasantly surprised." And
here we are, finally the reissue of Insect And Individual Silenced!
Insect is an album guided by the slice of a razor, as tape
edits had to be done by hand. Stapleton's collage techniques have
always been deft in their erratic disruptions and maniacal detours,
and Insect is no exception. The first track "Alvin's Funeral" is a
wonderful and wild ride through demented sounds all going in multiple
directions at once, which make it easy to get lost in this maze of
distortion, sound effects, and splattered guitar noise. There's an
urban gamelan of springs and bowls with the varispeed being fucked
with as the tape drags across the recording heads; there's the
screeched sound of metal dragged against the floor, overblowing what
the magnetic tape could handle (ah, what a lovely sound compared to
the ugliness of digital peaking!); there's a sampled scream from
Disney's Haunted Mansion LP; and then some surprisingly sublime
moments where a collaged section of distant female vocals duet with a
string of shells being shaken. But the jump cuts and quick edits of
dynamic volumes between the quiet and loud that keep this moving at a
frantic pace. The second piece seems to have much more of that
aforementioned studio session present with skittering drums and
seering white hot guitar noise grating against the ears. The final
number is a precursor to the screeching metal collages of Organum,
albeit far more feral and atonal.
It's obvious that what Steve Stapleton may view as his own
personal failure is greater than most everything that's come
afterward from any of the post-Industrial soundscapers." [Aquarius Records ]