Recondite

by Dead Sea Apes

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There’s no question that Manchester’s Dead Sea Apes have made an impressive footprint in the world of heavy psych. Things change quickly from there though. Relying more on gravity - and gravitas - the heaviness of Dead Sea Apes is far beyond an arbitrary turning up of the volume knob and a trip to the the guitar shop for just one more fuzz pedal. Underneath the slow-burn bone-rattlings and rumblings, there’s a deliberateness and nuance to their catalogue that sets them apart from other bands that traffic in bringing the ‘heaviosity’. While their influences and methods may not be obvious to the casual listener, it’s the deep divers that Dead Sea Apes speak to.

A standard issue overview of their work these past nine years would make that obvious to anyone with open ears. Drop the needle on any two points in their catalog and you’d be hard-pressed to draw a straight line between the two. Psych, space rock, ambient, Krautrock, dub … as muscular and formidable as they are, it’s the subtlety and agility that elevate Dead Sea Apes. And make their brand of heavy psych that much more rewarding. As easy as it would be for them to break your ribs, they’d rather give you something that sticks to them.

That’s where ‘Recondite’ comes in. Released by Cardinal Fuzz (UK/Europe) and Sunrise Ocean Bender (US/NA), ‘Recondite’ gathers up some choice, elusive and defining nuggets from the Dead Sea Apes’ musical undergrowth for a double album that speaks more to their journey than to a specific time. You’ll find alternate takes (‘Tentacles’, ‘True Believers’), covers (Skip Spence, Harmonia, Kraftwerk) and singular gems all coiling together at last for an opus that is equal parts a document of where they’ve been and, more importantly, a promise of where they still might go.

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released February 5, 2018

Produced by Dead Sea Apes
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Chris Hardman
Design by Nick Taylor, polyhedra images by Max Brückner.

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Track Name: True Believers (version)
Do you feel the system breathing in your head?
It is eternally ravenous, ever-expanding,
Amorphous, malicious, avaricious,
Without sentiment or empathy.

Tentacles,
Reaching down deep.

Great slavering jaws, locking on,
Hagfish-like,
Sucking in the profits,
Feeding bloated body.

Tentacles,
Reaching down deep.

Do you feel the pulse beating in the body?
Do you sense your potential throbbing in your heart?
Never lose it.
Keep on fighting.
Keep gnashing your teeth
At the edifice of free market lunacy.

Tentacles,
Reaching down deep.

Do you feel the system breathing in your head?
It is eternally ravenous, ever-expanding,
Amorphous, malicious, avaricious,
Without sentiment or empathy.

Tentacles,
Reaching down deep.

Regardless of your future extinction,
The machine rolls on.
Regardless of your life and death,
The machine rolls on.
And on.
Track Name: Dead Sea Apes featuring Gabriel Minnikin - Land Of The Sun
Here in the land of the sun,
Here where the river does run,
I don’t know why that I should even try,
But I will, till my work here is done.

Here in the land of the sun,
Here where time has begun,
I will hear what you say,
I will be by your side,
Here in the land of the sun.

Here in the land of the sun,
I’ve had all my fun.
Here with my heart in my hand,
Pray with song.

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