Transparent Ideation 10" lathe-cut + Yellow Facet Lime DVD
Friends of the Fish 52/52DVD sold out
‘Transparent Ideation’ is a 7-song 10” clear-vinyl lathe-cut EP by US singer-songwriter Arnald Paul, containing a selection of tracks revisited by him during the 2020 lockdown; it comes as a package with a 20-track DVD.
In many instances, his original recordings were embellished or remastered with additional instrumentation and effects; home recording onto a 4-track analog cassette deck over a span of nearly thirty years, this presents his first official release beyond cassettes and CDrs distributed personally at live performances or local record shops. I have no idea why his music isn't already available more widely, but I'm glad I get first chance to share it.
Arnald Paul’s musical influences are worn on his sleeved tentacle, inspired by songwriters such as Syd Barrett and Robyn Hitchcock, and numerous sixties psychedelic bands and purveyors of neo-psych. Revolving mostly around his acoustic 12-string, the songs also incorporate electric guitars, strings, keys, and subjects that range from the ethereal to the absurdly whimsical; I even detected touches of Nathan Hall in there somewhere, although of course they've never heard of each other!
Full track listing for the 10" is:
2. The Travelling Troupe of Simon Smart
3. 40 Souls
4. The Soiled King
5. Dr Please
7. Annabel Lee
The accompanying DVD 'Yellow Facet Lime' runs to about 75 minutes, and features 20 Arnald Paul songs - some are on the lathe-cut, most of them aren't - the cover design is by Plasticlands' Glenn Rehse.
The lathe-cut cover was created by Ian Barrett; on hearing the music of ‘Transparent Ideation’, Ian’s impressions resulted in a mutated water-coloured octopus with a lobotomized mantle. Mr. Barrett has been a part of several commissioned projects, including artwork for musical tributes to his Uncle Roger (Syd Barrett) and Daniel Treacy (Television Personalities). Follow Arnald Paul on Twitter @ArnaldPaul / more about Ian Barrett at ianbarrettart.com.
Requests for sets far outstripped my supply (lathe-cuts are produced individually, they take a long time to cut and they are expensive!) I only had 60 sets for sale and they were allocated via a lucky draw amongst everyone who registered an interest by the end of February.