Saturday, October 23, 2010
Nurse with Wound Halloween mix
Halloween doesn't mean much to us Australians, but Dave the silent ssg has used it as an excuse to put together a mix showcasing the sounds of Nurse with Wound. To be honest, I don't think I'd ever heard of this group before Dave sent me his mix, so this is something new for me (and presumably quite a few of our readers). Enough from me, here are some words from Dave' about the mix:
"Nurse with Wound is a group which I've always felt is under-appreciated and misunderstood, perhaps because they are often tagged as being part of the industrial and noise scenes when their music doesn't really share much in common with any of those sounds. Steven Stapleton, the project's founder and only constant member of the group since its formation in 1978, has often spoken of his fondness of Dada and surrealism and I think these are bigger influences on NWW than any genre of music.
Up until recently, I'd always felt that NWW's music would translate well to techno, but for the most part this hasn't really occurred. However, now guys like Demdike Stare (definitely the best thing to come out in the last year or so, in my opinion) and Suum Cuique really seem to be tapping into that sound, which is something I find really exciting.
NWW have released a really wide range of different sounds, but for me their primary sound is dark, hypnotic and unnerving, exactly the sort of thing which is coming from new synth artists and some of those sub-genres Chris recently mentioned (witch-house and others). So for me it seems like a good time for NWW to receive some of the appreciation they deserve.
I've felt that for a while techno has been eager to go back to its more psychedelic/trance roots and this has been occurring to some extent (Oneohtrix Point Never and Emeralds are some of the most obvious crossovers), but there is still room to go deeper, and explore much further krautrock, prog rock and 70s synth work. In this way, NWW's surrealist take on music could offer another source of inspiration.
For this mix I decided to focus more on the surreal and dark ambient side of their sound because it fits better with the Halloween theme and because I think it's what techno fans would most easily relate to. Most of these tracks are also off major releases and some of their more famous work so it should (hopefully) act as a good introduction to the group. I'll give Chris a tracklist including albums/EPs the tracks can be found on later if you want to explore their sound further. I hope you all like it!"
Dave the Silent Ssg - Nurse with Wound Halloween Mix
For more info on Nurse with Wound, check their homepage. And if you need more Halloween action, I strongly recommend the excellent 'Black Moods by the Grave Lady' mix put together by Camella Lobo over at the Ladies and Gents Auxiliary. Enjoy.