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HASTINGS OF MALAWI Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth

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A classic masterpiece from 1981, never re-released on CD before. Originally 1000 copies pressed on orange/red vinyl. 120 copies were sold through Rough Trade and Virgin Records. 800 copies were bought and later destroyed by the United Dairies label, makin this record even more rare. Hastings of Malawi were Heman Pathak, David Hodes and John Grieve. They recorded the album in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing. They played drums, clarinet, synthesiser and piano but also made use of things that they found lying around the studio – old records, cookery books, telephone directories and a telephone. The recordings were played down the phone to randomly dialled numbers and the reactions added to the recording. All three had been involved in the recording of the first Nurse with Wound album Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella and had contributedmetal scrapings, piano, effects, clarinet and guitar during the session. Full tracklist: 1. Pineapple Magnate / Kid Corn 2. Boeuf En Crut / Sexist / Intravenous. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

First released in 1981, the wonderfully titled Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth was the first sonic fruit from this British dada three-piece. Its a wonderfully busy, layered, at times unnerving record - which feels like a more detailed and darting take on early NWW, but with more pronounced formal (often played in an informal way) musical instrumentation. (...) Put simply if you enjoy crude sonic dada thats dense, virile, and often surprising then Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth is something youll fall head over heels for.
(Musique Machine, June 2022)