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Penultimate Press boss Mark Harwood (Astor) meets cult Sydney character Matthew P Hopkins (Naked On The Vague, Vincent Over The Sink) in the claggy mental unravelling of ‘Disfigured With Abbreviations’
The duo’s debut recording is their follow-up to a live performance held on a bakery rooftop in Northcote, Victoria, in early 2018. Starting out as rudimentary superimpositions of each other’s material, the LP has grown into this side’s intoxicating mulch of ideas, operating at unfathomable level of depth perception with a fluctuating surface patina breaking to reveal ungodly voices rising to the surface in a byzantine ferric soup of found sound, field recordings, and low-power electronics.
Adventurous listeners and harder-to-please ears will find much to wallow in across Harwood and Hopkins oddly wide and shallow surface textures, which seem to support the listener precipitously above the cavernous, unknown and possibly thistly spaces below them, as though they’re midnight sound robbers whispering to each other and treading on the roofs of high-end equipped workshops in the dead of night.