A Manchester-London lock-down special by bassist Otto Willberg & guitarist David Birchall, “exploring certain spaces that are out of touch, maybe forgotten, bypassed, existing on the fringes – ’shadowed spaces'”. Created by sending each other recordings of themselves playing in spaces near to their respective abodes, they melded the material together by revisiting the spaces and playing each of the recordings back to activate each others’ acoustic. The result – like a photo of a murky landscape processed through multiple exposures – is a frothing mudbath of hollers, bellied drones, clattering percussion, creeping voices and caustic vibrations, resonating through streets, tunnels, open spaces and deep into our mind nuggets. David and Otto’s work together in junk-rock/no-wave group Historically Fucked and in various free music settings has showcased their taste for bin rattling improv-flex and obscene humour, but we’re pretty certain they’ve never made anything remotely like this. Music that teeters the line between the banal, the deeply weird and the beautiful. Fans of Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink’s ‘Schwarzwaldfahrt’, Blood Stereo’s aural slimeballs and Idea Fire Company’s intimate ritualistic melancholia – dig!

Been doing some really great weekly playing online with Bathing Trio aka Schwimmbad Trio with Sam Andreae and Otto Willberg. This involves real time improvising but of course with whatever delay is afforded by the speed of our individual internet connections and physical distance for signal to be send by broadband. Its actually really quite possible to play like this and we’ve been documenting the jams on the bandcamp above. Each session is in effect creating 3 impossible, slightly different mixtures of our domestic/immediate environments; the above session is mainly a stereo room recording of Sam, Otto and me through speakers, with me live in the room and then Otto’s solo track mixed in seperately after. Its made further fun by my domestic family life in my recording, Otto having a mic pointed out the window as well as in his room and Sam being on his daily walk!