Friday, April 15, 2011

[mobeer::010] Happenstance – Mobeer: 010 CD 2010

Happenstance – Mobeer: 010
Label: Mobeer
Catalog#: mobeer::010
Format: CDr, Mini, EP, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 07 Oct 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental
Credits: Written-by [Uncredited] – Chris Stewart (3), Karl Eden
Notes: Limited edition of 300 handnumbered copies.
Handmade packaging.

1 Big Do's And Little Don'ts.. 3:21
2 Go Tell It On The Molehills.. 2:15
3 Knackered Tabernacle 3:00
4 Even My Goosebumps Shivered 4:09
5 The One Eyed King 3:18
6 All Fish And No Chips 2:49
*The very last Mobeer release ever, handed numbered to an edition of just 300 copies for the world in beautiful bespoke packaging* And so we arrive at Mobeer 010, the very last installment of the Moteer label's "micro brewery" project. This release comes from the duo Happenstance, comprising Karl Eden and Chris Stewart (also known for his work under the Need More Sources guise). Once again the 3" CD arrives mounted on a bespoke beermat and ferreted away in a slipcase and brown paper envelope that's been stamped and hand-numbered. Across six tracks and around nineteen minutes Eden and Stewart fashion a real standout contribution to the sub-label's small yet perfectly formed catalogue. Marrying programmed electronics and tumbledown, folk-ish instrumentation, nestled away in here you'll find the gauzy strings and heated bass pulses of 'Knackered Tabernacle' and the late night Hawaiian guitar melancholy of 'The One Eyed King', with fourth track, 'Even My Goosebumps Shivered', possibly serving up the disc's finest moment when in its later stages it assumes the character of a spy movie theme put together by Joe Meek. In other tracks Happenstance evoke the spirit of their spiritual godfathers The Remote Viewer, particularly during the fluttering slow-mo post-rock of 'Go Tell It On The Molehills', while elegiac, brass-like synth tones and spluttering ukulele sonics are put to good use on the lulling parting shot, 'All Fish And No Chips'. And so, we bid a fond adieu to this lovely little label....


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