Album Review

Nurse With Wound – “Drunk With the Old Man of the Mountains ” – [Durtro]

Jawbone   2/5/2007   A Library, CD

Formed in 1978, industrial/ experimental band Nurse With Wound (Steven Stapleton et al) have over 100 albums and singles to their name. This is a 2005 re-release of a 1987 very limited edition release (100 copies- each with two original signed “paintings” [manipulated photographs] by Steven Stapleton).

What sets “Drunk With the Old Man of the Mountains” apart from the rest? Well, who wouldn’t want to get drunk with the old man of the mountains, or at least say it? And besides, digitally packed onto this disc is 45 minutes of industrial fun. ‘Industrial fun’? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Not in the capable hands and humor of Stapleton and friends:

Track 1. “Mourning Smile” (5:13) A heavy organ chord, some mellotron meandering, more heavy organ, distant hunting horns, tape manipulation, then suddenly it devolves into the last thing you would expect, a barrelhouse piano romp.

Track 2. “Swamp Rat” (12:39) Ambience, waves crashing, then persistent tribal drumming with scratchy Fred Frith-like guitar noodling that gives way to a kazoo and goofy laughing midway.

Track 3. “Sheela-Na-Gig” (5:26) Starting out suspiciously like Pink Floyd’s “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict” this is 5 minutes of screaming banshees that would sound perfect on a Halloween themed show.

Track 4. “Astral Dustbin Dirge” (12:20) Begins with a moaning manatee and ends with a female mini-orgasm, and a lot of quietness interspersed with little ambient freak outs in between.

Track 5. “Shattering Man Falling” (9:24) Krautrock-like klanging of industrial type objects with manipulation in a slow distant unhurried manner.


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