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Cold Spring Reissues Rare Penny Rimbaud (CRASS) Release, “Oh Magick Kingdom” (Feat. JAPANTHER)

After an extremely limited run in 2011, this dark jazz/noise rock release from CRASS co-founder Penny Rimbaud returns, thanks to the efforts of Cold Spring.

Available in CD and digital formats at coldspring.bandcamp.com.

From the Bandcamp description:

“In late Spring 2011, my dear friends and workmates Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly, of the Brooklyn-based band Japanther, were passing through the UK and stopped by at our studio at Dial House to lay down a track for me to do whatever I could with. I was away at the time and, when I returned, the track was recorded and Ian and Matt had headed back to the States, leaving me a scribbled note saying ‘get on with it!’ I’d recently performed with Japanther in Manhattan in their massively ambitious and successful punk opera, ‘Dinosaur Death Dance’, so I felt pretty much bound to come up with something equally spectacular. 

Using the basic drums and bass track which Japanther had left me to work with, Tony Barber, Exitstencil’s then sound engineer, programmed a track around which I was able to weave ‘Oh Magick Kingdom’, a poem which at that time I had not fully completed. Bit by bit, and in an extraordinarily organic and, dare I say it, ‘magical’ way, the piece came together as it now stands. In essence, the poem’s subject is that of broken relationships and the conflicts which can exist between love and desire, so it was, I suppose, fairly inevitable that my mind would wander towards Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’ and then, for its further play on alchemics, on to ‘The Tempest’. Both works are directly quoted from in my poem and, in this production of it, Oberon’s sung parts are borrowed with the utmost respect from Benjamin Britten’s exquisite opera, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Apart from that, the music was improvised around the rhythm track and the guide vocal which I had recorded to it”. 

Penny Rimbaud. April 2018.