NURSE WITH WOUND "Salt Marie Celeste" CD


Label: United Durtro / Jnana Records
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United Jnana’s Nurse With Wound reissue series continues with Salt Marie Celeste, perhaps the most radical album in the band’s catalog. Similar in spirit to Gavin Bryars’s “The Sinking of the Titanic,” the album’s sixty-plus-minute title track delves deep into the themes of unknown darkness and ultimate demise.
Recorded in 2002 by Steven Stapleton and electronic studio wizard Colin Potter, this is a landmark recording in the field of contemporary electronic music. Best known for founding the legendary UK cassette only label, ICR, Potter has also recorded with Current 93, Organum, Jonathan Coleclough, and Ora. The piece was originally intended to provide aural ambience to an exhibit at London’s Horse Hospital gallery, and a truncated version appeared on the Music for the Horse Hospital CD compilation. Restored here to its hour-plus running time, the music becomes much more of a foreground-listening experience. Orchestral-like chords flutter back and forth like ships lost at sea while the sounds of passing cars, boat horns, and creaking doors slowly gather momentum in the background. At around the fifty-minute mark all the extraneous sounds are cut short, leaving only the droning chords and the sound of water. It’s a stunning effect and quite different than the dense maximalism of earlier albums. -Label Description
The reissue is packaged in a lavish new digipak featuring the artwork of Ruby Wallis and Babs Santini.
Sinking after sinking. Timeless classic of NWW.
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1. Salt Marie Celeste
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Recorded and mixed May-September 2002 at the Watertower, Preston
Mixed by Stapleton
Engineered by Colin Potter
Digital transfer by Denis Blackham
Artwork by Ruby Wallis
Layout by Santini
Photoshop by Matt Black
This album is dedicated to the memory of our great friend Daragh Greally 25th November 1969-23rd June 2002
Ultra fast burning sparkling phosphorescent light
Sparkling wit and sparkling eyes
You lit up our lives
The children adore you as did the women
You never gave an inch but you gave a million miles
The times spent with you will be in my heart forever
Daragh you are so special to us

Poem for Daragh - Ruby Wallis