Paradise Lost

by SCOWERDON

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Miff Morris This is such an intriguing release and I feel very happy that this unique material has been brought to light. It's like a manic spew of cultural disdain, as well being, in the same breath, an odd kind of homage to it. Unquestionably a body of works that is raw, visceral and authentic to the creators' creative integrity. Its an inventive approach, at points moulded into a complex stream of sub-conscious surrealism and at other points its a brash, sharp knife jolt into a stark relaity. Favorite track: Blazing Up A Whole Childhood.
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Originally released in 2013 on cassette with bonus CDR

Paradise Lost by Scowerdon, named in memory of a now demolished S12 Vic Hallam Council Estate. Created in the mid 1980's using cassette recorders, turntable, keyboards, powertran delay, flayed piano, guitar, metal percussion & television.

The story is never the whole truth > " I lost contact with Scowerdon (a.k.a. Max K.) over 20 years ago but when i returned to Sheffield at the end of 2012 i managed to track him down. Our paths first crossed in the mid 1980's when we both lived on the same S12 estate that he took his name from. He was an awkwardly tall & painfully thin guy who made equally awkward music in a paint splashed room full of broken and malfunctioning instruments & audio equipment. Everything was recorded direct to cassette machines, often the portable radio/cassette type. He didn't have a porta-studio but managed to edit together rapid-fire sound montages that defied the restrictions of the equipment. Occasionally we'd collaborate but mostly he worked on his own & always seemed content with the music for its own sake, neither expecting nor wanting it to 'fit in', just like himself.

Over the years many of those eighties recordings have got lost or destroyed but during the last few months i've managed to coax him into agreeing to 'let go' of some of what remains & so be able to piece together this slice of Paradise Lost. "

Hopefully the spirit of Max K. will one day return!

(Pete Hope)

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released November 3, 2017

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