A few months after purchasing I realised that the abstract dark blue squiggles on ochre that I've been enjoying on the cover are in fact a figurative representation. I don't want to reveal more in case anyone else is still enjoying this as an abstract image,
For the 20th release in Linear Obsessional's cassette imprint we are proud to present the new album by the extraordinary improvising trio Found Drowned.
All members of the group have recorded separately for LinOb in the past, but this trio recording sees them at the height of their powers.
"Found Drowned are the improvising trio of James O’Sullivan, Peter Marsh and Paul May. The three first played together around a decade ago and released their eponymous first album back in 2012; since then they’ve occasionally popped up at the usual improv hotspots, collaborating with the likes of New Zealand violinist Chris Prosser or Danish saxophonist Julie Kjaer among others.
Clownslave finds the band back in the studio and in inspired form. O’Sullivan’s arsenal of feedback whoops, distended twangs, blurry resonances and insectoid clicks rarely resembles anything guitar-like - likewise May’s stridulating and stroking of skin, wood and metal often sounds more like the noises you might hear in some imaginary nightmarish farmyard than anything produced by a drummer.
Some passages could easily be mistaken for field recordings of ancient industrial machinery or the sounds of a magnetic storm ravaging a distant planet’s ionosphere or a gamelan orchestra heard through a knackered old shortwave radio. It’s not all abstraction though - on occasion the elastic rumble of Marsh’s bass steers proceedings into a heavy motorik throb or a burst of deconstructed scrapyard jazz and you suddenly remember this is actual music made by humans.
Found Drowned don’t have a manifesto or a method or a mantra - the three don’t really talk about what they do, and strange as it may seem, they have fun doing it. They hope you might have fun listening to it. You never know…"
released September 6, 2020
Recorded by Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio
Mixed by Andrea Rocca, Baby Microbe Studio
Mastering by Mark Beazley
Cover Art by Alexandra Hobson
Pete Marsh: electric bass
James O’Sullivan: electric guitar
Paul May: Percussion
When does one ever spend 45 minutes listening to a single track? I'll give 20 to Coltrane, Sumac or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but 45? This is strangely worth it. A sensory deprivation chamber at first, then gradual discovery. I can't imagine the discipline this took from the organ player. wow. riloprincip