When the EFSPACM group, of
which we are proud members, announced they wanted to do an album for this
year's RPM Challenge, we were hit with a wave of nostalgia. We'd first done
it in February 2021, creating the 35 minute sonic attack that was
Fucking Annoying), continuing to do something similar for their
'Record Every Month' extension challenge for the whole year. We ended up
with a collection of a dozen 35 minute noise based works, ultimately
released as the
Mentalis seven hour mega-album on The Church Of Noisy Goat label in
Brazil. Go, Bode! So one more time for old time's sake? Why not...
Probably many reasons when we
came to think of it. For example, there were some pangs of
guilt; the organiser, one Elling Lien, seemed everso nice, it's not like
he'd done anything to us, and that promise we made, so what had he done to
deserve this? Absolutely nothing, but when has that ever stopped Skit's love
of power tools? Lawnmowers, that's what he's obsessed with at the moment.
"What sounds should we include
on this next project, Skit?" I would ask him.
"LAWNMOWER! LAWNMOWER!" He
would shout, jumping around the living room in his wellies. And he
knows he's not allowed in the living room in his wellies.
"But," I would take a deep
breath, "don't you think we may have over-used lawnmower samples this year?
Hackensall Road, Come The Dreamquake, both released this
month? They may be quite different, but both have lawnmower samples, no?"
"No lawnmowers on S.T.A.C.,"
he would counter, "that last track released this month. Lawnmowers turn
"Only if you promise no more
lawnmowers. Ever." I would sigh, reluctantly conceding to his compelling
"Skit promise." He would smile
smugly in victory, even though he was most likely aware that I almost
certainly knew his fingers were crossed behind his back.
So Lawnmowers III: The
Search For Stripes it is. This time it's personal. Again, a bit
different to the first two, no drums, just an ever undulating wall of sound,
a textured ear-battering 35 minute drone, with a bit of clever (in our own
humble opinion) electronic processing to boot. And, as this one is an
EFSPACM team effort, we also created a special under ten minute version for
the album. It's not an edit of the full one as we have done previously for
the RPM Challenge, it's actually a separate recording of the same piece.
Perfectionists, I know, it's our curse.
Oh, and while I think of it;
the track title, Malwen Row, by some strange coincidence, just happens to be
an anagram of lawnmower. Small world...