Thursday, 2 January 2014
Clive Fencott- restringing a rotary clothesline C40 out now.
website. I eagerly purchased a copy of Clive's 1980 split LP with Paul Dutton "Blues, Roots, Legends, Shouts and Hollers". It made the Wire magazine's primer on sound poetry back in 2012 and this is what Julian Cowley had to say; "On the flipside is a rare opportunity to hear Gloucestershire-born Clive Fencott, who in the early 1980's formed Oral Complex, a brilliant alliance with Bob Cobbing; their voices processed live by sound engineer John Whiting. When the solo performances on this LP were recorded, Fencott had only been reading in public for a couple of years and again a sense of excitement and urgency comes through, especially on "The Legends of Jack O'Kent", recorded live (and not well)in London in 1978.Fencott may lack the projection of Cobbing (or Dutton), but as he intones his fractured, referential text, lapsing into machine-like stuttering, then straining to sing Robert Johnson's "Me and the Devil", enacting a struggle to elude diabolic possession, the cumalative effect is riveting." 'Restringing a rotary clothes line'takes a variety of approaches to words and the human voice and is an equally thrilling ride. Limited to 40 copies. Letter press printed two panel cover by The Print Project. Green tapes with insert. No digital edition. SOLD OUT. Check www.volcanictongue.com for remaining copies.