“This one’s been brewing at BR HQ for quite sometime, due to come out long ago, this beaut of a split is finally seeing light of day. A mutual respect from these two camps brought about what is surely one of this year’s most exciting releases in the field of the split vinyl LP. Ben Nash returns after over a year’s absence from releasing any solo work, now busy as a full time member of the excellent Chora, we may all be in for a long wait for anymore solo action after this release… but here we find Ben entering new territory with less of the guitar plucking from previous solo outings… Across these three new tracks, Ben is heading in a more zoned out psychedelic drone pieces, fluctuating between blissful electric churning, and incredibly dark swarming monoliths, with buried electric guitar bursts, it’s quite a new sound for Ben. Unsurprisingly, he comes out on top form, and it’s maybe some of the most interesting recordings he’s released so far, but it’s a far cry from his debut LP for Blackest Rainbow, The Seventh Goodbye back in 2008. Fellow Sheffield heads Cam Deas and Jon Marshall (Hunter Gracchus) accompany Ben on two of his three tracks, along with Rob Lye of Chora. Following on from 2 massively excellent LPs for our buddies over at Not Not Fun, Magic Lantern return, with what also might be the last recordings we hear from them for a while too… their two track side opens with a murky wild sounding basement jam ‘Mosquito Coast’ recorded in 2008, followed by the 15 minute groove of ‘Long Way Down’, full of heavy organ, slow burning percussion, wild wahs, raw riffing and the occasional chanted vocal this is one heavy piece of stoned blues psyche rock out. ‘Long Way Down’ was recorded by Bobb Bruno of Goliath Bird Eater / Best Coast back in 2009. Pro-printed sleeves, designed by Cameron Stallones.”
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Nautilus is the solo project of Heidi Diehl of Vanishing Voice/Time Life, long time BR transatlantic e-mail buddy who we finally got to meet just over a year ago on the very brief Vanishing Voice tour… since then she has begun recording solo material under this alias, and has self released one CDR which blew our minds, and likewise blew local long time BR friend Ben Nash’s cranium apart, thus the concept for this split LP was born! The Nautilus side opens with ‘Still Rings’, a far out trip of weirdo outsider dripping mind fuzz, like some kind of spatial insect gathering. ‘Tallahasse Woman’ rings more bells with the sound of Vanishing Voice and Heidi’s psychedelic string playing, and subtle vocals buried below it. ‘Jeans Theme’ is another sweet track of tranced out guitar with approaching percussion and waves of vocal drones. Ben Nash holds his side with two nearly 8 minute tracks, opener ‘Plymouth Bredren Blues’ has definetly got the blues as mentioned in the title, there’s some serious woe in the wah right here, and some almost Paris, Texas moments. ‘Interloper/Latch’ also starts off pretty bluesy but half way through goes to a speaker shredding guitar shaker, with some seriously serious riffs, that are almost breaking up as they begin, and then reverting back to the blues mediation of the beginning of the track.. A great release, in an edition of 270 copies with paste on artwork.