KLEISTWAHR 'Down But Defiant Yet'/'Acceptance is Not Respect' 2LP
Limited edition reissue of this album originally released in 1986 on cassette on Broken Flag.
Two regular albuma as one double LP release.
Press-kit: In August 2020, following some typical delays at the plant, Fourth Dimension Records released the limited edition 2LP set of Kleistwahr's 'This World Is Not My Home' and 'Over Your Heads Forever' albums, originally released by the same label in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Packaged together in a single sleeve with printed inners reproducing all the artwork found on the original CDs, the 2LP was always designed to represent the first volume in a series of them. This next volume gathers everything on the next two albums, 'Down But Defiant Yet' and 'Acceptance is Not Respect', both also initially released on CD in, respectively, 2017 and 2018, and presented in the exact same way.
2017's long sold out at source album, 'Down But Defiant Yet', collects four lengthy cuts which catch Gary Mundy (also known for Ramleh, Breathless and Broken Flag Records) furrowing his distinct and recognisable take on a kinda contemporary psychedelia with dystopian leanings. Each piece nods towards the fug generated by certain ‘krautrock’ groups whilst retaining threads of those uncompromising power-noise surges he built his reputation on, this is music guaranteed to take you to new spaces before forcing you to nervously look over your shoulder.
2018's 'Acceptance is Not Respect' collects two lengthy pieces themselves broken down into seven parts often tempered to the point restraint assumes new, often disturbed (and disturbing) psychedelic or even filmic, properties, this music arrives like a spitting and foaming scream into the insanity of the void and the myriad challenges and questions it inexorably keeps hurling at us. Whereas Ramleh captures the sound of at least two people dealing as best they know how with the constantly rising rivers of shit around us, Kleistwahr is akin to one man having scaled a great height poking out of an infinite chasm and wondering why he bothered. This is uneasy listening sometimes rendered virtually elegiac by dint of a prowess rarely found in such realms.
Of this, Gary himself [quite prophetically, in light of how events have shaped the world since] said, “I was trying to make the music more spiritual sounding this time as the album is about belief. The first half is about personal and political belief and the second half about religious belief. I was wondering about whether in the 21st Century, you can seriously get anyone to completely change their beliefs and [am] asking is there anything you believe that you would be willing to die for, and the difference between the way that most beliefs have been accepted/tolerated and [are] supposedly respected in recent times in [the UK]. Now our society is starting to break down, it becomes clear that that acceptance tends not to actually be the same thing as respect at all.”
Limited to 300. Finally landed late May 2023.
lease note that the first 2LP set has now sold out from here.