"Forced Nostalgia's seventh release imposes the uncannily affective melancholia of John Avery's 1986 soundtrack to a theatre performance 'Jessica In The Room Of Lights' by the coincidentally named Forced Entertainment company. Avery employs piano, synth, tape and FX in chillingly purposeful union to reflect the piece's storyline, itself centred around a cinema usherette for whom the lines between fiction and reality become blurred, and its intertwined themes of failed romance and the infidelity of memory. It's a largely unknown yet spellbinding touchstone in the canon of Sheffield's industrial music heritage, coming from a latterday member of Hula, the steel city unit based at Hula Kula - a villa shared with various notables such as Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire and Clock DVA's Paul Widger. Recording at Sheffield's Vibrasound studios, Avery casts a lonely shadow from solemn solo piano figures, mottled electronics, and Spanish and fretless guitars, layering possessed chants and disembodied voices amongst the gauzy atmospheres in an unheimlich narrative miasma, crawling thru the ether-dream ambience of 'Do This To Another Human Being' across the desolate tract of 'Selling Plastic' to the melodic salvation of the title track, looping a chilling synth hook to the bewitching vocals of Catherine Naden." (label info)
in stock | UK| 2012| FORCED NOSTALGIA | 19.90

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