Friday, 3 June 2016

Nurse With Wound - Spiral Insana (1986)

How about another NWW post?  This album's probably more suited to early summer, and it's one of the very few of Stapleton's albums that (to my mind at least) actually works better outdoors and in daylight.  With a more expansive and sometimes pastoral sound than what had gone before, it may come as a surprise that Spiral Insana found the artist under considerable pressure from a new label to complete the album quickly.

The strained circumstances may have led to there being less of a mind-boggling diversity of sound sources feeding into Spiral Insana, but this proves to be the album's strength.  Recurring themes to watch out for include a swelling organ chord, and a grinding guitar loop that could've sat comfortably on a Faust album, helping orient the way through a more coherent album experience.  The third track on the CD version of Spiral Insana was left off the original vinyl - it's often this third piece, Nihil, that I've enjoyed best, sounding the most charmingly bucolic.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

Previously posted at SGTG:
The Sylvie & Babs Hi-Thigh Companion
Salt Marie Celeste

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