Review: Despite racking up over a century of solo and collaborative albums since debuting the Nurse With Wound project in 1979, Steven Stapleton shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to provide "sinister whimsy to the wretched". His latest album-length missive offers a radical re-imagining of "Changez Les Blockeurs" by The New Blockaders, a near legendary 1982 album that's long been regarded as one of the noise scene's touchstone releases (for the record, Stapleton was the first person ever to purchase a copy). Featuring three long, unsettling workouts built around dark ambient textures, occasional melodic refrains and plentiful loops of discordant, often industrial field recordings, the album is impressively absorbing and otherworldly despite its deliberately obtuse ethos.
The Dead Side Of The Moon (part 3 - extended Draught)
The Dead Side Of The Moon (part 1 - alternative)
The Fire Of The Moon
Review: Stretching to a staggering five CDs, "The Threat of Memory" takes a deep dive into the collaborative back catalogue of Nurse With Wound noisenik Steven Stapleton and Current 93 man David Tibet. Discs one to four offer up re-mastered versions of albums released between 1991 and 98, all of which are built around long experimental workouts that variously touch on dark ambient, krautrock, industrial noise, experimental electronica and gothic sound collage. Excitingly, the fifth disc contains previously unreleased demos and alternative versions. There's some gems in here, too, including the shoegaze-inspired psychedelia of "The Dead Side Of The Moon (Part 2 - Alternative)" the trippy krautrock/ambient fusion of "Bubblehead/Dreambreath" and the murky ambient soup of "The Fire Of The Moon".