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Susan Matthews – I Am In Pieces, Can You Hold Me Together?

Cover | Susan Matthew - I Am In Pieces, Can You Hold Me Together?

CD/Digital, Sirenwire, 2020

Life consists of journeys, the most arduous of which have a starting point but no definitive end point and no defined duration. “I Am In Pieces, Can You Hold Me Together?” marks a milestone in one of those journeys but to understand it’s significance, we first need to understand the story behind its conception.

At the beginning of 2019, Susan Matthews was looking forward to a busy year working on music projects, releasing the music of like-minded musicians through her Sirenwire label and continuing to work on her vintage clothing company, Cherry Pie Vintage Clothing. All this stopped when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Blanck Mass – No Lite (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Dreamachine Remix)

One-sided 12in single, Sacred Bones Records

Available as a limited edition one-sided 12 inch remix single limited to 500 copies with a hand stamped label, this single sees the meeting of the critically applauded purveyor of new electronica, Blanck Mass, and avant-garde industrial music activist, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (known to some as GPO).

Blanck Mass is the solo electronic project of Benjamin John Power of the band Fuck Buttons. GPO, an original member of legendary industrial band Throbbing Gristle and later a founder member of Psychic TV, never shies away from the controversial, unorthodox or challenging.

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Brandon Flowers – Flamingo

[CD, Vertigo]

As the front man of The Killers, Brandon Flowers is used to producing grand anthemic songs suited to the huge arenas and massive festivals they are accustomed to playing. After touring the world and playing to millions of adoring fans, Flowers already had the songs for the next Killers album written when the band decided to take an extended break. With the songs ready to record, Flowers signed up Daniel Lanois (U2), Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam) and Stuart Price (Madonna) to produce Flamingo, which became his debut solo album. With producers of this calibre, Flowers was taking no chances and the result bears more than a passing resemblance to an album recorded by the full band.