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DBUK (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club) / Norman Westberg (Swans) / Ghosts of Grand...

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DBUK (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club)  / Norman Westberg (Swans) / Ghosts of Grandad's Past
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 Onward comes DBUK, emerging with the follow up to their first release (Songs One Through Eight). Songs Nine Through Sixteen releases on their label, SCACUNINC on Friday, January 25th on CD and LP. In Europe, Glitterhouse will release the music from both releases on a double CD and gatefold double LP on Monday, November 12th. For the sadly uninitiated, DBUK consists of the four core members of Denver’s Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Munly J Munly, Slim Cessna, Lord Dwight Pentacost and Rebecca Vera. SCAC have spent the last two decades honing a lethal mix of country blues, gospel shouting, rock & roll and folk, becoming one of the best-known, critically acclaimed bands to rise from the musical community that brought us 16 Horsepower and Wovenhand.

DBUK exists on it’s own musical plane. Haunting, warped murder ballads come with a louche, anti-spiritual cast. Limerence and longing co-exist with casual cruelty in compositions that feature a remarkable amount of detail of the natural world; they often begin sparingly, building into an ecstatic reverberation of instruments and voices. Reverb and shake rattles abound, lending a spaghetti western vibe on songs written by Munly J Munly, whose dark humor fills the record lest anyone mistake the menace for malice.

On the first single, “In San Francisco Bay", melodica unwinds a tango melody combined with four-part vocals, hopscotched by truly demented chants. The arrangements on Songs Nine Through Sixteen are complex, layered, menacing and gorgeous. Standouts include “From the Estate of John Denver”, “Bonnie Clyde the Big Bull Hen of the Women’s Prison”, “Deerslayer” and “The Misrepresentation of the Thompson Gun”; the latter wouldn’t have been out of place on the standout Nick Cave album Murder Ballads.

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Best known for his work with the seminal outfit SWANS, Norman Westberg’s output beyond that group is sprawling and restless. His name recurs and ripples through many interconnected micro-histories surrounding New York City’s music and art scenes. From appearances in film works associated with the Cinema Of Transgression, through to his participation in bands such as The Heroine Sheiks and Five Dollar Priest, Westberg’s name is woven deeply into the fabric of New York over the past three decades. 

His debut release with Room40 is 13. Originally recorded in 2013, Thirteen has previously only been available in an ultra-limited hand made edition of just 75 copies.

The Room40 edition of 13 has been completely re-mastered and edited and is available for the first time digitally, as well as in an elegant physical edition.

A note from Lawrence English: 

“Norman Westberg’s guitar playing with SWANS has influenced a generation of musicians across genres. I can personally attest to how his particular approaches to that instrument, in creating both harmony and brute force, have challenged and ultimately influenced my own sonic preoccupations.

What Norman has created with his solo works is an echoing universe of deep texture and harmonic intensity. His solo compositions generate an affecting quality that drives the listener towards reductive transcendence.

His guitar, as singular source, becomes transformed through a web of outboard processes. He transforms vibrating strings completely, taking singular gesture and reshapes it through webs of delay, reverb and other treatments. To me, these works echo many of the concerns of American minimalism and sprawl towards the work of bands such as Stars Of The Lid. Norman has created a very dense and powerful statement of intent with these recordings and I couldn’t be more pleased to have some small part in helping to share them.”

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