The Spider Room is Scottish musician Joseph Blane’s debut on Submarine Broadcasting Company.
We are honoured to host this album which has received well deserved praise since its release.
From the artist
‘In the summer of 2022 I *entered* an old derelict school building late at night with nothing but my electric guitar and a cheap Sony sound recorder. I was fascinated by the acoustics and the reverb of the empty music room, and the smelly rotten old musical instruments within it – covered in spiders and dust, and mostly broken or completely out-of-tune.
My only intention was to record some improvised solo guitar pieces in this cold dark abandoned building, which I did… but I also ended up messing around on the various other instruments that were lying around the room – namely an old school piano, an out-of-tune violin, an filthy Irish flute, a smelly harmonica, a cracked glockenspiel and a percussive egg. I decided that these instruments/sounds had to be recorded too… so I eventually overdubbed the existing guitar tracks with layers of improvised performances on these old neglected school instruments, and ended up with two strange pieces of music that I felt worthy of release.
The result is…interesting. I would loosely describe it as some kind of free-form avant-garde noise jazz… but I’m not a trained jazz musician so that’s probably not entirely accurate or true. The two 15-minute abstract pieces that comprise this debut album are entirely improvised, recorded in one take, and left almost completely raw and unedited – for better or for worse…’
Joseph Blane | November 2022
All music performed and recorded by Joseph Blane.
A limited run of cassettes is available along with a download option.
This from Heresiarch Music Reviews.
The Spider Room showcases Blane’s immense creativity and skill. If you listen to this undistracted and focus intensely on the sounds, you will imbibe a wealth of meaning and joy.
Read the full review HERE