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Robert Curgenven

They Tore The Earth And, Like A Scar, It Swallowed Them

Label: Recorded fields

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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**Translucent Red Vinyl - Visceral psychogeography of settler colonialsm via field recordings - 30+ remote areas across Australia recorded over 12 years - pipe organ, guitars, dubplates** "Rendered via field recordings gathered over 12 years in over 30 remote locations across Australia, mixed and expanded within immense, shimmering harmonics wrought via pipe organ, dubplates, guitar, bass and turntable feedback, piano, and low frequency oscillators. "Imagine you have found a new country. To you and your fellow countrymen & women this new country appears empty. Perhaps there are some people living there, but you decide their culture is perhaps "unsophisticated". These people have had a long relationship with this seemingly empty country – for thousands of years – they understand and care for the country and in turn the land cares for them. So, you decide to invade/colonise this country. You need to clear this empty land to make it your own, ready for you to inhabit, maybe even make it more like where you‘re from. The place you left behind. This not only changes the land but also vastly changes the nature of the long relationship of those you’ve displaced. But this story isn't really about "them". Its about you. As you colonise this new country, moving further into the interior, you soon discover that you are very ill-prepared for what turns out to be a harsh and hostile land. This story doesn‘t end well for anyone."

Amidst the heat and the dust, in a landscape populated only by the insinuation of characters, settler colonialists’ blind enactment of will and violence against and into an unforgiving, arid interior is manifestation of a mortal struggle. The album traverses the historical dynamics of the settler colonial trope through the eyes not of the invaded but of the invaders to a harsh, remote land.

‘They tore the earth and, like a scar, it swallowed them’ is a very physical negotiation of territories voided by history, rendered via field recordings gathered over 10 years in over 30 remote locations across Australia alongside new work with pipe organ, guitar feedback, dubplates, turntables and low frequency oscillators.

FACT magazine – “sublime”
the Quietus - “vivid... landscape both familiar & unsettlingly fractured“, Joseph Burnett
mess+noise – “vast and treacherous”, Doug Wallen
OMG Vinyl – “between tranquility & terror, masterfully cinematic“
A Closer Listen - One’s appreciation for the work of Robert Curgenven is deepened when one learns the stories behind the compositions... startling, visceral… scorched earth crackles.”  as well as voting the album trailer video one of The 10 Best Music Videos of 2014
Just Outside - "There's substantial tension in the air... Impressive construction, showing nice restraint as well as anger."
Norman Records – “The tensions and violences of Australia's politics and landscapes are brought into full view in this startling experimental work”

Details
Cat. number: RFE_02
Year: 2014