P A R A S H I
“ZONE OF ALIENATION”
KSE #186, 3-inch cdr
total time: 16:30 (tracks: 1, Corrach; 2, Tauride; 3, Kameraden)
Albany’s Mike Griffin (ex-Wobblies) has been doing great work in the electro-acoustic/drone/ambient/noise world as a solo artist under the name PARASHI and as a duo w/ Russ Aldertone under the group name URKAS. One recent gem is the new TROIKA cassette
on the Stunned Records label, which you can order here: http://stunnedrecords.blogspot.com/2011/03/stunned-no-115.html .
Another is the new PARASHI 3″ cdr for Kendra Steiner Editions, “ZONE OF ALIENATION” (KSE #186). The title refers to a 30km area around the former Chernobyl nuclear facility in the Ukraine, an area where access is forbidden without special permission, an area that became a dead zone after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Newsweek describes the area well: “THE MAIN DOOR, NEARLY BLOCKED BY overgrown bushes and weeds, rattles in the cold Ukrainian wind. The former day-care center’s rooms are strewn with abandoned dolls, teddy bears, tiny shoes and slippers, shattered glass. Water from melting snow on the roof drips through cracks in the concrete ceiling. Between rows of metal cribs, child-size gas masks peer up from the floor where they fell during the rushed evacuation a decade ago. In the kitchen, beside a desiccated piece of bread, an open notebook displays its last entry, a grocery list dated April 25, 1986.”
That’s what Parashi’s music is evoking here…the desolation, the things lost and abandoned, the disruption…but also eventually comes the hope, the comrades-in-loss joining hands and overcoming, although in a desolate, contaminated environment. ZONE OF ALIENATION is an abrasive, multi-textured electronic composition that will take you through another world…until realizing that the alien, disrupted, tainted world we’re tasting may well be our own…
$5.00 ppd. via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com (please leave note w/ payment indicating you want the Parashi cdr—thanks!)
And while you are placing that order, why not try some of our other music and poetry releases?
poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):
KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”
KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”
KSE #174, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”
KSE #173, Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.”
3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled , “xibalba.”
KSE #188 (3-inch CDR), Derek Rogers & Bill Shute, “Four Texas Streams” (music and poetry collaboration).
KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”
KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”
KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”
full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”
KSE #175 (CDR), Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition III.”