From the legendary and long-standing US based experimental imprint, Anomalous Records, comes "Untitled”, the first full-length LP of new material from Dean Brown's Little Skull project since 2019's “A Light in the Window Will Guide Us Safely Home”. Defined by Brown’s singular brand of DIY, bedroom experimentalism, “Untitled” encounters the artist weaving some of his most minimal and striking compositions to date. Issued in a tiny edition of 210 copies on black vinyl, each housed in a stunning handmade concertina style pop-out cover featuring a caged bird suspended in midflight, it’s easily one of the most beautiful objects we’ve encountered all year and a perfect complement to the remarkable sounds that it contains.
Dean Brown first emerged in Hamilton, New Zealand, as a member of Negative Eh, a striking project that quickly gained attention within that country’s thriving experimental underground during the 1990s, alongside projects like The Dead C, Flies Inside the Sun, Sandoz Lab Technicians, Gate, and A Handful of Dust. Following the project’s move to Wellington and reinvention under the name Nova Scotia (recently explored by Horn of Plenty’s incredible “Old Light” LP) Brown relocated to London during the mid-2000's where he’s lived and worked ever since, primarily under the Little Skull moniker. “Untitled” is the project’s sixth full length since its recorded debut in 2009.
The recording of “Untitled” began while Brown was preparing for his first London performance at the end of 2021. Almost entirely improvised, its stripped-down sound is a product of practical means rather than aesthetic decisions, deploying a keen sense of economy to sculpt a detailed, abstract narrative and sequence.
Incorporating piano, organ, saw, harp, and guitars - ebowed and played with a screwdriver - bathed in tape hiss and amp hum, the collective whole - stretching out over the album’s seven compositions - intertwines as a brooding, DIY reconceptualization of Minimalism, with delicately delivered, elongated melodies rising and falling within arching expanses of ambience, tonality, and texture that configure a remarkable pastoral calm, grown and tightly bound to Brown’s long history in free improvisation and noise.
Ranging from pieces for solo piano - post-modern gestures of furniture music - to rumbling works of restrained, ominous noise, "Untitled" represents a high-water mark in Dean Brown's Little Skull project. Subtle, intricate, and introspective, while remaining raw, immediate and direct, it’s one of those records that draws you in and keeps exploring the slow evolutions of its depths. Issued by Anomalous Records in a tiny edition of 210 copies on black vinyl, each housed in a stunning handmade concertina style pop-out cover featuring a caged bird suspended in midflight, once again Brown delivers a masterstroke at the borders of rigorous experimentalism and bedroom DIY.