Tauschsider are a strange combination of Stuart McLean (Frenchbloke, The Dark Outside ), Ben Hayes (Soundhog) and Innes Smith (Cnut). The record features vocal and production support from Colin Newman on lead track, “Herd The Shadows”. There’s also “Reverse The Shadows” and the magnificent AA side, “Moves Left”.
There are washes of drones, tweaky, spine tingling bleeps, fantastic sub bass and wondrous tape FX sourced from the deepest reaches of long forgotten cassettes and dusty oscillators which are surely no stranger to a soldering iron. I think there’s also a real bass guitar on there, but it’s hard to tell. In fact, it’s hard to get a grip on what it actually is - a fantastically deep and mysterious record that once heard, stays with you, but is always lurking in the dark, just out of sight. The three track EP has been especially mastered for a high quality vinyl release and is the first noise emanating from the band in eight years. It’s been worth the wait.
The artwork is by Patrick Ballanger utilising ancient and mystic photographic processes which he did explain to me, but I still don’t understand. It’s representative of the record as whole. There’s a definite “how did they do that” feeling about the whole enterprise. And they’re definitely not telling.
“Herd The Shadows” is the first record on the Castles in Space label, which grew out of a blog of the same name. Don’t look for it though; it’s not there any more.
The EP is pressed up on specially designed “shadow splatter” vinyl which might induce feelings of disorientation and dizziness when played. It might also make you a bit overawed and frightened; but don’t worry, that’s intentional.
It’s a hand numbered edition of 300 copies and comes with an insert, a download card and a badge.
There’s an awkward Q&A with the band about the record here: http://www.castlesinspace.com/?page_id=76
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