Emotional Response returns to the Schleißen series, with another offering of 4 split albums. Again artists are given free reign, encouraged to push the boundaries of their studio and live experimentation in form and texture.
For parts 5 – 8 the net is cast wide, from the psychedelic moons of Tomaga to Matthewdavid’s meditative live improvisation, a collection of A Man Called Adam’s commissioned sound-works to Jon Keliehor’s new age visions.
First Tomaga, a duo that grew out of engine of psychedelic rock outfit, The Oscillation, to become a respected entity of it’s own. Featuring long time friend of the label, Tom Relleen and drummer extraordinaire Valentine Ma, the project has grown to become greater than the sum of its parts. With 4 albums in 3 years and one more upcoming – plus their ridiculously overlooked solitary remix of Not Waving for the label – the output doesn’t come close to matching their live “events”, from almost constant touring.
The 2 pieces were recorded in an improvised session as an interzone between their last album, which was recorded entirely in non-studio spaces and their newer material. Featuring heavily processed long form studio recordings, the pieces, with Tom’s bass and audio manipulation set over Valentine’s exemplarily, intricate percussive interplay, provide a perfect, brooding introduction to the second series of Schleißen.
This is contrasted with the first ‘official’ solo output of Neil Tolliday. As Nail, he has gained respect for over 25 years crafting deep, bumpin’ House music on labels like DiY Discs, Remote and Classic, including the sought after Big D’s Lounge album. After a sojourn as one of half of off-kilter pop duo, Bent, the Nail moniker has been recently resurrected for a new generation of followers.
Throughout this time Neil has recorded more personal music, initially for his own consumption, however some recently starting surfacing under various pseudonyms via digital portals. No press, no information about who was really behind the music was given before being deleted soon after. After some encouragement, here then marks the first appearance of Neil Tolliday.
On the two tracks included, these drawn out, eastern influenced, drone ragas are pure meditation from Tolliday’s 4/4 output. With an upcoming album on Emotional Response and Utopia Records, more is to come.
A welcome return to Schleißen then, due course to pause and reflect, emptying the moment to (un)listen.