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Boomkat Product Review:
Long out of print and much in demand, this classic NWW CD is now back. This time as a double CD set with a CD of a completely unreleased alternate mix.
In 2007 Steven Stapleton and Andrew Liles were invited to provide a live soundtrack to FW Murnau's Der Brennende Acker by the Friederich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation. The sounds the duo devised were to become the primordial constituents of The Surveillance Lounge. In the wake of the recent Huffin' Rag Blues, this long-player feels like a continuation of the older, darker Nurse With Wound material, with each of the four compositions delving into narrative rabbit-holes for quarter-hour-plus durations.
The dynamics are extreme and bathed in mystery, evolving from whispered electronic necromancy to stark metallic noise annunciations, all of which is peppered with scrambled unintelligible vocal contributions from a number of guest artists. One of the more curious aspects of this release is the crediting of David Tibet with voices (fine), Big Muff (a fuzz pedal, righto) and Hawtrey. What's that last one mean? My best guess would be that somewhere within the catacombic capillaries of this album the Current 93 frontman is doing his best impersonation of Carry On star Charles Hawtrey. I'm yet to find evidence of this but it's as good an excuse as any to keep replaying the album.