A Film by Renée Shaw, to accompany the BLK w/BEAR track 'Casey Jnr' - part of their new release 'Sorry about your (remixes)' (F&F013)
Original sound files are reconfigured and fragments of melody and lyrics are rearranged to accentuate audio decay and broken communications: the melancholy keyboard line from "Sumimasen" is in place sublimated by Morse Code; the Blues-shuffle of "Casey Jnr" is bathed in whispered vocalisations and sombre clarinet tones that punctuate looping cello and percussion. "Blue Apples" is reanimated as both the deepdrone"BLK Apples" and a second reconstruction wherein the original track's acoustic jaunt is slowed to a snail's pace of skittering prepared vinyl rhythms, ghostly vocals and the guitar processed to recall instead a samisen.
Sorry about your (remixes) is released as a limited edition CDR with packaging by Damian O'Hara, and digital download.
BLK w/BEAR sound like The Books drank a bunch of cough syrup and morphed to look exactly like Peter Brotzmann’ - Isaac Linder, 2005
‘...like Basic Channel at their most abstract, and after a severe nervous breakdown’ - The Wire
‘The sound of things falling apart’ - Cohort Records, 2011
BLK w/ BEAR (black with bear) is a full-band effort of JS Adams (prepared vinyl/turntables/ loops), Doug Poplin (cello/effects), PD Sexton (bass/source electronics/effects) and Renee Shaw (live video mix). Their recordings of warm drones and broadcast interference have accompanied film/video projects in NYC and London, as well as BBC and Sun television programming. Adams' early collaboration with Mark Beazley Wish for a World without Hurt (Trace Recordings) was featured in the Discovery's Channel's Emmy-nominated 'The Flight that Fought Back' production, broadcast in the USA, UK, Russia, Japan and Germany.