it is with much gladness that we can collectively announce the release of the astonishing debut album from AbSUrd, entitled 'close to distantly', and now available as a beautiful limited-edition hand-crafted gatefold cd and download on decorative stamp, as well as direct from AbSUrd himself. spiralling across seventeen psychedelic songs, the album is a veritable tour-de-force, showcasing the astonishing, mesmerising, disorientating, surrealist production talents of AbSUrd, alongside a host of guest contributors including myself, nadia d'alo, babel fishh, bleubird, ceschi, filkoe, james p honey, papervehicle and univac. and how special mention must be given to the glorious design and presentation of the disc itself; a collaborative effort between AbSUrd and Mlle Metronome, a perfectly exquisite piece of craft indeed.
for my own part, i am doubly excited at the release, for i am lucky enough to have been very deeply involved with the production process and all that lies therein. initially i was just to guest on the album vocally, but one hazy late night conversation lead to another and i was soon on board to mix the album in its entirety too, which subsequently unfolded the events that saw me contributing additional instrumentation as well as assorted field recordings. before, finally, AbSUrd extended the invitation for me to submit a piece of artwork for the final release too. all-in-all, it has been a wonderfully enjoyable path, and something that we are all very keen to share with you all. do fix yourself a copy as soon as time and funds permit. i can wholeheartedly assure you that it is a most highly rewarding listening experience indeed.