Whereas that album was a normal CD release, this is a limited edition artwork; in fact, its copies may be sold out by the time you read this. Stapleton and Aranos painted huge, abstract designs on 8 ft by 4 ft sheets of hardwood and exhibited them for one day only Please Send Me Someone To Love - Various - RockNRoll Forever Vol.
2 a gallery in Galway, with the CD on continuous play throughout the day. Afterwards the paintings were cut up into six-inch squares, which were then turned into the covers for the CDs. It may seem egregious, faced with such a perfectly executed Two From Halfs Be Cracked - Nurse With Wound / Aranos - Santoor Lena Bicycle art gesture, to discuss the actual music.
Thankfully, however, Santoor Lena Bicycle is no mere installation piece, but a fully realised and welcome addition to the Nurse With Wound catalogue. The album differs from most NWW releases in that it consists of mostly short, concise tracks instead of extended, exploratory pieces. As a result, there is an unusually wide variety of sounds and textures. Elsewhere, the emphasis is on virulent percussion and complex, jarring shifts of tone. The mood is by turns playful and sinister, with stabbing piano and skittering violin colliding uneasily with deranged scrapings of wood and metal.
This is the churning, discordant work of two gifted musicians: spaced-out, hypnotic and shudderingly creative. Originally published in The Sound Projector 8,