Pro-dubbed 40 minute tape housed in clear case with 1 panel j-card, printed onbody labels + 24 page A5 zine. Programme repeats on both sides of the cassette. Zine features full credits for the compilation, Warren Defever and Ian Masters recommending 10 psychedelic records, write-ups on each artist, and a Disciples discography.
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Inspired by the recent ESP Summer album in which the duo of Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive) and Ian Masters (Pale Saints), deconstructed a classic song by the 13th Floor Elevators over the course of four increasingly mutated versions, Disciples invited other musicians from the label roster to also interpret material by the influential Texan psych group. Like the ESP Summer record, the resulting submissions take the source material in a variety of weird and wonderful directions, becoming distinctly their own thing in the process.
Abstract rhythm duo Model Home from Washington DC can be found in surprisingly reflective quasi-ballad mode, creating their own original work from some initial 13th Floor impressions. Pat Cain’s keyboards evoke Suicide circa "Dream Baby Dream", providing an atmospheric bedrock for MC NappyNappa's melancholic commentary, smudged and distorted by auto tune. As Pitchfork recently commented of the group: "Isolating the rhythm at the center of their work and tapping into a new physicality, Model Home find joy in improvisation and liberation in the body."
From there we go to Detroit, Michigan where His Name Is Alive's destroyed rock'n'roll take on pre-Elevators band The Spades’ “We Sell Soul” sounds closer to the avant-garage of late 70s Cleveland bands, or the chainsaw melodies of overlooked 00s band The Hunches, than the classic dreampop 4AD sound that HNIA is usually bracketed with.
We then find ourselves on the outskirts of Tokyo, where post-punk legend Phew, straight off the back off her astonishing New Decade album for Mute, transforms a plaintive Roky Erickson solo cut into an alien transmission for icy electronics, as fittingly dislocated in arrangement as the relationship breakdown described in Roky’s lyrics.
Next we move over to Osaka, where Ian Masters conducts a long distance collaboration with Nick Davidson of Magic Roundabout in Northern England, subject of a recent retrospective on Jack White's Third Man label. The playful fairground organs and martial drums of 3 Eyed Monkey’s take on “Never Another” is a brilliantly spaced out slice of otherworldly pop. Finally, we end as we began, with Model Home is version mode for a dubbed out mainly instrumental re-rub of the opening track.
released December 3, 2021
“Splash On The Canvas” and “Splash On The Version” written, performed and produced by Model Home, Copyright Control.
“We Sell Soul” written by Roky Erickson, published by Nanada Music BV. Played and produced by Warren Defever.
“We Are Never Talking” written by Roky Erickson, published by Wixen Music Ltd. Performed and produced by Phew.
“Never Another” written by Roky Erickson & Tommy Hall, published by Nanada Music BV. Performed and produced by Ian Masters and Nick Davidson.
Mastered by Death Metal Jeff except His Name Is Alive mastered by Warren Defever.
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If I could romanticize my teenage years in a soundtrack, these tracks would fit the bill nicely. It’s almost dawn and I’m waiting for the bus on a cold morning to get me to school, where everything is a mingling of teens in hallways and classrooms. James Elliott