Hands in the Dark has parted the curtains on this new split LP, with the forever sounds of Lee Noble and Ensemble Economique reaching through the plate to hold hands over a hot cup of tea. Side A is the American, opening with a moan and a guitar so twangy it almost sounds like a Chinese ruan, a stringed instrument with an almost similar tone to a banjo. Winds sweep across Noble's eternal dusty plain, and he tries to enchant his way out with “Woman in the Dunes”, but he has to keep singing. Ensemble Economique chips in a tiny little eleven-and-a-half minute jam, complete with skin drum city, taking their time with elemental addition and murmuring in English and French repetitively on top of each other and a sympathetic keyboard tone.
The split, mastered by M. Geddes Gengras, comes out on June 20th and you'll be able to cop it here. Only 300 copies.