M.S. Waldron, Steven
Stapleton, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Jim Haynes, and
The Sleeping Moustache
First Pressing: 1700
Release Date: May 2, 2006
Available through the Helen Scarsdale Agency: $15.00
Let's begin with the introductions.
M.S. Waldron may be best known for his work as irr.
app. (ext.), an unwieldy moniker that begets uncanny,
hallucinatory sound. Steven Stapleton is the genius
behind Nurse With Wound, the consistently unpredictable
project that scrambles musical obsessions for krautrock,
surrealism, and avant-garde composition into a brash
quest for expressionism through experimentation. Sigtryggur
Berg Sigmarsson hails from the Icelandic electro-absurdist
duo Stilluppsteypa, which continues to investigate the
finer points of drunken minimalism. Jim Haynes prefers
to merely state that he rusts things. R.K. Faulhaber
is something of a mysterious figure, looming around
Mr. Waldron's irr. app. (ext.) recordings and performances
while keeping his own work a hermetic secret.
Each with a peculiar understanding of the audio arts,
these five artists came to the proverbial table and
thought it a good idea to collaborate. Given the predilection
for the surreal and the sidereal that each of these
five employ in their many audio and visual projects,
those agendas oozed from the recordings that became
known as The Sleeping Moustache.
An epiphany of controlled disorder, a convulsion of
beauty, a cascade of thought from delirious minds, The
Sleeping Moustache is an exquisite manifestation
of sound poetry scattered into a tortuous collage mired
in an oblique melancholy. Magnetic tones extracted from
the ether, mechanical sounds smeared into a lugubrious
growls, horns trumpeting straight out of John's Book
of Revelation, ululations sliced into information overload
that Schwitters himself would be proud of. The Sleeping
Moustache presents a psychically instable landscape,
where dreams and nightmares wreak havoc upon the drudgery
of daily life. The closest audible territory for The
Sleeping Moustache might be the psychoactive constructions
of Nurse With Wound's Homotopy To Marie, although the
characters in this drama happened upon an entirely different
map of that terrain.
The artwork for the first edition of The Sleeping
Moustache features five letterpress prints from
each of the artists with an edition of 1700.