Wildly ambitious and utterly unique, Secular Works is a challenging but compulsive listen, as utterly incomprehensible as it is undeniably immediate. It offers an extraordinarily multi-faceted experience, perfectly pitched between welcoming, ancestrally familiar communal song and alienating, willfully abstruse constructions.
‘Originally released in a limited fashion back in 2008, Secular Works is a remarkable and peculiar thing indeed. The hybrid offspring of Charlie Looker (Zs, Dirty Projectors, Zorn, etc.), Extra Life marries extremes of dense, abstract mathiness with medieval ecclesiastical melodies, ominous atmospherics and twisted explorations of aged folk traditions’. The Quietus
At first glance, the landscape on the cover of Martin John Henry’s The Other Half of Everything is a scene of complete isolation. This is Scotland. An archetypal rugged landscape of hills and lochs, as far as the eye can see. On closer inspection, there are some signs of habitation: buildings, roads, farms… but they … Continue reading Album of the Week: The Other Half of Everything → Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 21, 2011