St Mary’s Church
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Short film taken from the album ‘For The Tired and Ill At Ease’ forthcoming on Facture in the next few weeks…
‘…For the Tired And Ill At Ease…’ is the cumulative result of several years of John McCaffrey’s shoulder to the musical grindstone; originally a member of electronica duo Clickits, McCaffrey moved from Accrington in the North West of England to Melbourne, Australia and started solo project Part Timer. His release as Scissors And Sellotape on Fac-ture follows the eponymous 2009 debut on Cotton Goods and numerous projects as both Part Timer and Upward Arrows for Moteer, Mobeer, Flau, Under The Spire and Lost Tribe Sound, including a number of solo self releases and collaborations with Nicola Hodgkinson, frequent muse Heidi Elva, multi- instrumentalist Aaron Martin and vocalist wife Danielle.
As Part Timer, McCaffrey concentrates on mixtures of delicate folk flavours and electronic augmentation. Upwards Arrows is an outlet for his drone material. Scissors And Sellotape is a different beast, an articulate mix of subtle electronic manipulation, field noise, restrained melody and maudlin texture. Recorded in 3 hours at St Mary’s Church in Thornbury, ‘…For the Tired And Ill At Ease…’ is an eleven-track deconstruction of the piano and organ pieces taken from the day, edited, resampled and stretched so comprehensively that after four weeks work even contributor Elva found them unrecognizable.
The album reflects an atheist’s fascination with the continuing hold that theology has over people – that despite years of humanistic advance, people still turn to their religion for meaning or relief from the pressures of the real world. The track titles link to this theme in more ways than one, joining on to either the beginning or end – “For The Tired And Ill At Ease…There Is No Succour”, “It’s A Long Slog…For The Tired And Ill At Ease”, “ For The Tired And Ill At Ease…I Say Get Used To It”.
“I think people see all kinds of things in religion…in some ways it’s whatever you need it to be. You can project your fears, hopes, or conceptions of justice on to it, and find some validating stream of thought. “ John McCaffrey
Listeners with sharp ears may recognize the track “Healing Touch” from the Fluid/Hibernate compilation ‘Kanshin’, and those familiar with this and previous releases will recognize a sure hand; an artistic confidence that could take the listener in any direction, at any given moment…
Limited Edition Of 200 Includes:
180 gm Pure virgin vinyl
Letter pressed CD
16 Page photo booklet
12 x 12 Bespoke print
A2 Fold down poster
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Release Date: Nov 2011
As always those on the mailing list will have the opportunity of ordering before it goes on sale to the general public