Friday, October 10, 2008
St. James Infirmary - A Sound Is A Sound (UK, 2008)
ST. JAMES INFIRMARY is a band project centered around G. W. Lang from Ashington, Northumberland, UK.
"Sometimes whimsical, sometimes melancholic, sometimes abrasive, but always following their own star; SJI are the baby, pet, and brainchild of GW Lang, and he is the one consistent element of everything SJI produce. No two gigs have consisted of the same band line-up for over 15 years, and every show is different. The tracks on "A Sound Is A Sound" derived from rehearsals for a gig that took place in August. They find SJL in improvisational mood, dragging songs from the ether, hammering them into shape and then letting them drift away again. Some of these are entirely live-to-minidisc (A Sound Is A Sound, Shankered) others have been treated to overdubs and further manipulations. See if you can guess which is which.
Contained within are psychedelic excursions and daytrips down the Krautrock autobahn, sonic scree as well as some indie-based songsmithery. Some will entertain, others confound, but as the website Losing Today put it (http://www.losingtoday.com/tales.php), SJI display an 'admirable and adamant refusal to be easily pigeonholed under any given generic flag' (Yawn! How often have I heard/read that same silly description; in german it is: "...passen in keine Schublade!" Come on, writers: You can do better than that! (mike-floyd))."
(Info by SJI)
On this recording here ST. JAMES INFIRMARY are heavily into improvised krautrock jams – simply brillant. Recommended!
Visit ST. JAMES INFIRMARY at Myspace.
ST. JAMES INFIRMARY - A Sound Is A Sound (UK, 2008)
(mp3 zip, 10 tracks, 58 min, 60,3 MB)