Kevin Harrison & Steven Parker ‘Against The Light’

01 State Of Attrition (1:59)
02 Rope Of Sand (2:56)
03 And Through The Furnace (2:14)
04 Cavalcade (4:24)
05 Distant Truth of English Dreams (3:28)
06 Swings and Roundabouts (1:14)
07 Green Mantle of the Standing Pool (5:13)
08 Continuation Song (1:57)
09 Sahasara (4:53)
10 Caught Then Drowned Affection (2:03)
11 After (1:16)

Total time: 31:35
Cassette released 1982
Illusion Production IP011

Melancholic songs & instrumentals based on reverb-drenched synth loops. Reducing melodies to their bare skeletons, letting emotions blossom amid automnal sonorities and an overall atmosphere of mourning & loss – a ‘Ceremony of Innocence’ , sort of. Tracks usually open with a fade in and end with a fade out, as fantomatic apparitions out from the mist for a brief moment. The instrumentals remind Eno’s Music For Films. I used to find this cassette quite at odds with the Illusion catalogue, but it seems now to make sense with the Bruno Due cassette and the british connection (The Twins & Rig Veeda) as well.The pictures above show Kevin Harrison in the recording studio (from discogs) ; a handbill (from Kevin Harrison’s website) for a festival sat up by DDA/Illusion Production in their hometown Caen (France) including a shooting of Warhol’s ‘ Kitchen’ along music by Soft Verdict (Wim Mertens), Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown (Tuxedomoon), Pascal Comelade, DDAA and the Harrison/Parker duo. Not sure they really got Snakefinger and Renaldo & The Loaf on stage. [Note the cassette makes some unwanted click noises from time to time].


5 Responses to “Kevin Harrison & Steven Parker ‘Against The Light’”

  1. 1 Scot April 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    This is cool stuff! Dig all you do and love to read your descriptions, it gives great insight into the music and what to look for before you even hear it, which just adds to the greatness of the sounds.

    thanks & peace

  2. 2 continuo April 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    That’s a compliment, believe me, since english is not my native language. And thanks for commenting, Scot.

  3. 3 David January 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Just got round to downloading this and am surprised how lovely, strange and eery it is. Just the kind of thing I’ve been looking for – thanks.

  4. 4 continuo January 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    You’re welcome.

  5. 5 kevin2352 February 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    There is more on this and more at my website.

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