trick with a knife

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limited edition 7" w/ multimedia CD - SOLD OUT

Released by Trensmat (Ireland) in June 2007. 100 copies. Clear lathe-cut vinyl. Cover art by Kristin Carlson. The track "Trick with a Knife" will be re-issued in 2009 on the Trensmat CD compilation "Every Noise Has a Note Vol. 1"

7" tracks:
Side A. Trick with a Knife
Side B1. That Spark
Side B2. Mistaken for a Sign

CD tracks:
1. Trick with a Knife video by M.Loncar > > > LINK
2. That Spark video by Erik Gould > > > LINK
3. Trick with a Knife audio
4. That Spark audio
5. Mistaken for a Sign audio

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Here's a fantastic 7" from the Trensmat label. Is it me or is this just about the best new label to come out of nowhere in ages? Every single release has been great.... It reminds me of the golden olden days when labels were taking chances and releasing interesting things instead of the commercial bland tat which I'm perpetually surrounded by. Area C is the artist and it's a lathe cut edition of 100 which includes a digital version which you can upload to the internet and fuck the artist over with. Nice.... In case that wasn't apparent.... don't do that. It's not a good thing to to do at all.... Musically we have 4 tracks of Krautrock style electronica ala Suicide, Neu, The Telescopes, Stereolab.....etc. That kind of chugging motorik thing which just bimbles along like old women in markets. It's great anyway and it's made my brain happy. I can't recommend Tricks with Knives this enough. Quality. (Single of the Week)
Norman Records

The mix of live and recorded guitars here is beautiful - stately constructions that build and get more furry as they go along. Not any kinda strict Krautrock revisionism, but a wonderful extension of that rootwork.
The Wire

'Trick with a knife' is a mind melting, wig flipping locked down kraut grooving babe - a sub 5 minute cruise controlled journey into inner space replete with repetitive loops and hypnotic nuances that steadily wire into stature - think Sunray, Echoboy, My Electric Love and Fly locked in a room fighting over pedal effects while undergoing some distinctly hi tec neurosis treatment involving attitude arranging sound frequencies. Flip the disc for the markedly more tranquil, brief and beguiling homely sea sick inducing 'that spark' - a wonderfully decoded drone-scape that sounds to these ears like a collage of day breaking pier side bird symphonies. Last but by n means least - best of the set if truth be told - the daydreaming mistaken for a sign'. Recalls in the main - well initially anyway - the rain swept noire-ish night time tonality of Gnac and Landshipping only to unfurl in a resplendent haze of drifting pastoral needlework, hypnotic beats and subtle feedback effects - a carnival of sound not dissimilar in fact to the spongy far away chirpiness of J Xaverre. Classy.
Losing Today