Come Out from the Shadows

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS

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Cover ImageRelease date and tracklist

February 10, 2013
MP3  private release on Bandcamp

  1. Stitching Time (1st version)
  2. Improvisation 01
  3. On the Boards (long version)
  4. Improvisation 02
  5. Window on the World (1st raw version)

 

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Cover ImageNovember 10, 2014
CD  Beta-lactam Ring mt149
CD  Beta-lactam Ring mt149slip

  1. Stitching Time (1st version)
  2. Improvisation 01
  3. On the Boards (long version)
  4. Improvisation 02
  5. Window on the World (1st raw version)

 


Credits

  • Edward Ka-Spel- voice, keys
  • The Silverman- keys, percussion, floorboards, devices
  • Niels van Hoornblower- electric and acoustic horns, flute
  • Ryan Moore- bass, drums
  • Martijn De Kleer- guitars, bass, drums
  • Patrick Q. Wright- violin
  • Cevin Key: drums (on track 04)

Vincent Hoedt: engineering; Ray Steeg: engineering. A big thank you to Chris for rescuing this from the virtual vault and to Alena for unending support.


Press Release

“1992 saw The Pink Dots anxious to find a new path. The pain of losing their inspirational guitar player Bob Pistoor to cancer, yet simultaneously enjoying an unexpected taste of success with the album “The Maria Dimension” saw the band plunged into a spin. Resisting the temptation of rushing a new album together and perhaps capitalising on the Maria momentum, The Dots instead decided on a long sojourn in the studio.

Guests were invited – namely former LPD violin player Patrick Q. Wright and old friend Steve Stapleton (Nurse With Wound), while the band also gained a new member in Ryan Moore who was a blistering bass player and a fabulous drummer. He was also bursting with new musical ideas. Ryan was the perfect foil for new guitarist Martijn de Kleer who had the unenviable task of stepping into Bob’s shoes. Marty also played bass and had his own style of drumming. Sessions sometimes lasted for hours over a period of 9 months. Engineer Vincent Hoedt oversaw the first workouts while Ray Steeg took over in the last months.

The result saw 2 albums emerge – “Shadow Weaver” and “Malachai”, and tragically the band’s record company at the time saw no potential in either album. In retrospect, both of these records occupied a place as left as it gets in so-called Alternative Music, but 20 years on they still have something truly fresh about them. Even so, what about the remains of all of those sessions? Much found it’s way on to the double cd “Chemical Playschool 8/9” and “Chemical Playschool 10” yet STILL it felt like the Dots had merely scratched the surface. “Come out From The Shadows” addresses this quandary through the first two volumes. The music presented here is pretty much untouched from the original improvisations in the studio…there has just been an amount of very necessary editing (anyone for 43 minutes of “On the Boards/Swords?”). There is also material from the other Dots album which largely emerged from long studio sessions – “9 Lives To Wonder”. Cevin Key flew in from Los Angeles to be the special guest on that one.”

‘Stitching Time (1st version)’ originally appeared on the Beta-lactam Ring Records ” A Bell is just a Bowl Until it’s Struck” V/A release in 2000.


Notes 

A slow trawl through a box of old DAT tapes can be worthwhile. Here are unreleased improvisations from the 90s together with rare versions of snippets from Shadow Weaver/ Malachai. Enjoy…. -E. K-S.

CD:
mt149-Edition of 499 numbered copies available Nov. 10 2014 and packaged in a six panel tri fold CD case and insert with artwork by Jesse Peper on French Black board stock with Pantone white ink.

mt149slip– Art edition of 50 copies available Nov. 10 2014 and packaged in a six panel tri fold CD case and insert with artwork by Jesse Peper on French Black board stock with Pantone white ink.  Includes a handmade art slipcase, numbered and signed insert.  Available from BlRR or direct from the LPDots Mailorder for those outside of USA.

 

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