The Dead C – “Shaft”

The Dead C guys have been active lately. At the end of July I posted “All” from Michael Morley’s Gate project (and again rambled about the importance of New Zealand’s experimental scene in my musical upbringing). Here he’s back with his cohorts Bruce Russell and Robbie Yeats for Patience, the four-song, 40-minute followup to 2008’s Secret Earth, their first new collection of material since 2003’s The Damned. (Speaking of time, it’s funny to recall that in ’06 I claimed to have “mentioned [the Dead C] in more reviews than any other band, excepting the Sun City Girls” and here I am posting about both bands in one 2010 week.) On Patience you get four improvised instrumentals that leave enough room for full-blown intensity and a sense of introspective calm. Opener “Empire” rollicks for 16 minutes. Closer “South” is a gorgeous slow-release 14 minutes. Diehards will want to hear both — because both are great — but new ears might want to get acquainted via “Shaft,” a clamoring, swinging chunk of locked grooves and gale-force subterranean noise.

The Dead C – “Shaft”

Patience is out via Ba Da Bing. For another angle, stream “South” at Under The Radar. Morley did the circular cover art, which repeats across (and inside) the packaging.

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