This album is more than a reimagining of Harvest, Neil Young’s
seminal 1972 recording. It might be better described, perhaps,
as a work of deconstruction. Adopting a set of simple compositional rules, elements of the original music and lyrical fragments were used to provide a starting point for something altogether different – something ultimately new and unrecognisable from its source.
Harvest by The Mortise of Thililua was conceived and performed by Steven Elsey in Shotley Gate, Suffolk, during the first half of 2016.
Video of the track ‘There’s a World’ from ‘Harvest’
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Some release notes from Terry Burrows: “ONOMA/TWO11 is a reissue of the Hamster Records debut LP by the Loch Ness Monster, who were a pair of design students at Ipswich School of Art in the mid-1980s. Industrial Poppies was recorded by Steven Plesiosaur and Nils Plamethrowar on a four-track Portastudio which I then “produced” in my bedroom studio. (Although, in truth, Steve’s pre-production mixing really did most of the work.) Nils and I did the mastering cut for the album with the legendary George “Porky Prime Cut” Peckham in a tiny mews studio in Fitzrovia, just around the corner from the BBC. George had worked for the Beatles at Apple Records and had lots of interesting stories. And a lot of strange scouse expressions – I remember him once telling us he was “just nipping out for a banjo burstee” when he went to the toilet. On this occasion, while we there, Noddy Holder from Slade walked in and George shouted out: “Eh, Nod, these kids have made a bloody good album just with a cassette!” And Nod… er… nodded at us with interest. After we’d finished, George took us over the pub and we met Noddy again very briefly. That was quite exciting. I believe the hand-made album sleeve was silk-screened by one of their art school tutors. The release was given a good write-up in Sounds and a few other magazines, was played by John Peel, and the pressing sold out quite quickly – within a month or so. Unfortunately, being the world’s most useless record label, instead of repressing the album I told them to go and make another one – and then I pressed up far too many copies of that and lost a load of money. That was Mosaic 44.”
released May 1, 2017
All material created and executed by Nils Phlamethrowar and Steven Plessiosaur. Serpent saxophones by Terry Burrows.
Produced by Terry Burrows; pre-production by Steven Plessiosaur.
Sleeve design by Rob Crabtree.
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New material released for the project The Mortise of Thililiua. 4 Tracks have been made available on Soundcloud. The work is a re-imagining of the 70s classic album ‘Harvest’ by Neil Young, following a few rules of composition. Release planned in 2016.
Terry Burrows has produced a lovely film to accompany the performance later this month. Watch it here…
Steve is currently recording drum parts for a forthcoming Chrysanthemums release.
2016 sees the start of a new project – ‘The Mortise of Thililua’. The first release planned is a re-imagining of the album ‘Harvest’ by Neil Young. Tracks will be posted on Soundcloud as they become available.
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“With Jurassic World all the rage this summer, it seems like a good time to be named plesiosaur~, even with the tilde. When last we encountered Tonesucker’s Steve Elsey, he was in mourning; this time, he’s stretching his wings and flying to the sun. As Icarus learned, this is not necessarily the safest summer activity; but as poets have written, it’s one of the noblest. Couple this with a sideways Stevie Smith reference (“Falling (not flying”), and one has all the ingredients for a memorable Greek tragedy.”
Memorial may come as a surprise to Tonesucker fans, since Steven Elsey’s solo effort is more expansive than abrasive. The album, comprised of three extended tracks, is an homage to Steven’s father. These tracks collect improvisations recorded over an 18-month period, and reflect the state of hearts in grief. The track titles may refer to the period of intense mourning, but the full album tackles a much longer period.
The album ‘Harvest’ is now available to buy as digital download on the Onoma Research Bandcamp site. https://onomaresearch.bandcamp.com/album/harvest The sleeve notes are as follows:- This album is more than a reimagining of Harvest, Neil Young’s seminal 1972 recording. It might … Read more >>