‘…For the Tired And Ill At Ease…’ is the cumulative result of several years of John McCaffrey’s shoulder to the musical grindstone; originally a member of electronica duo Clickits, McCaffrey moved from Accrington in the North West of England to Melbourne, Australia and started solo project Part Timer. His release as Scissors And Sellotape on Fac-ture follows the eponymous 2009 debut on Cotton Goods and numerous projects as both Part Timer and Upward Arrows for Moteer, Mobeer, Flau, Under The Spire and Lost Tribe Sound, including a number of solo self releases and collaborations with Nicola Hodgkinson, frequent muse Heidi Elva, multi-instrumentalist Aaron Martin and vocalist wife Danielle.
As Part Timer, McCaffrey concentrates on mixtures of delicate folk flavours and electronic augmentation. Upwards Arrows is an outlet for his drone material. Scissors And Sellotape is a different beast, an articulate mix of subtle electronic manipulation, field noise, restrained melody and maudlin texture. Recorded in 3 hours at St Mary’s Church in Thornbury, ‘…For the Tired And Ill At Ease…’ is an eleven-track deconstruction of the piano and organ pieces taken from the day, edited, resampled and stretched so comprehensively that after four weeks work even contributor Elva found them unrecognizable.
The album reflects an atheist’s fascination with the continuing hold that theology has over people – that despite years of humanistic advance, people still turn to their religion for meaning or relief from the pressures of the real world. The track titles link to this theme in more ways than one, joining on to either the beginning or end - “For The Tired And Ill At Ease...There Is No Succour”, “It’s A Long Slog...For The Tired And Ill At Ease”, “ For The Tired And Ill At Ease...I Say Get Used To It”.
“I think people see all kinds of things in religion...in some ways it’s whatever you need it to be. You can project your fears, hopes, or conceptions of justice on to it, and find some validating stream of thought. “ - John McCaffrey
Listeners with sharp ears may recognize the track “Healing Touch” from the Fluid/Hibernate compilation ‘Kanshin’, and those familiar with this and previous releases will recognize a sure hand; an artistic confidence that could take the listener in any direction, at any given moment…
released December 25, 2011
Heidi Elva – Piano and being open to having a project subverted
Tom Hill – string samples
Design Support: Ian Hazeldine
Mastering - Taylor Deupree
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Peter Hollo, Aaron Martin, Nicola, Jonny Russell
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In Bokeh, Wil Bolton patiently crafted six tracks, where processed field recordings and reverberated synthesizers melodies are carefully balanced.
Chimes, bar-like talks, distant traffic or whispers from the wind frame the story of this release in a very small location. We are only one step away from saying that the artist takes us in his privacy with Bokeh ; and I'll go for it.
Very personal and sensitive, this album takes place behind the closed doors of Bolton's near environment.