Voltergeist – ‘Burnt & Buried’ – 320KBP MP3
Here’s Voltergeist’s explanation of ‘Burnt & Buried’ and its conception: “I spent a lot of time in the studio when my grandfather died at the end of last year. I wanted to try and forge my own style a bit more, so ended up leaning even heavier on dub, traditional folklore (especially Jamaican), and acid sounds. Found some old Calypso and Mento records and used some sounds from those as textures and loops. Also I knew I wanted the EP to sound kinda “piratey” as it’s perhaps the most romantic of all childhood fantasies, and I definitely spent a lot of time thinking about my childhood when my grandfather passed away. Just wanted the whole EP to sound fun! There’s even a sample from a Jamaican Jerk Sauce specialist giving a taste demonstration. Spicy food is the best designer drug! And the final track contains treated samples from The Adventures Of Portland Bill! Regarding the artwork, there are nautical compasses and an old John Speed map of Jamaica blended into the background, and a nice trippy close up of a Black Witch moth blended into the tracklist page of the inlay. There’s also a silhouette of a Black Witch moth on the front cover, covering the St. Thomas Parish of the Jamaica map (where the Morant Bay Slave Rebellion occured back in 1865). In Jamaican folklore, the Black Witch moth is known as a “Duppy Bat”. It is said to be an embodiment of a lost soul, or a soul not at rest. The Jamaican National Heroes George William Gordon and Paul Bogle were hanged at Morant Bay by the British authorities for their part in the rallying of the slave workers, who set fire to the Court House and the nearby buildings in anger. They were buried in a shallow grave behind the Court House.”
- Boogu Yagga [07:34]
- Pork Chops [07:14]
- Burnt & Buried [05:50]
- Inna Self Made Net [03:03]
- Sing It To The Moon [05:58]
- John Canoe [07:12]
- Guillemot Rock [06:57]
Title: Burnt & Buried
Format: 320kbps MP3 EP
Released: 23 August 2011
Credits: All tracks written & produced by Shaun Paul Dowse EXCEPT: “Burnt & Buried” written by S. Dowse, J.C. Wilson (Frog Pocket). Fiddles performed and multi-tracked by Frog Pocket. Produced by Shaun Paul Dowse. “Guillemot Rock” written by S. Dowse, M. Hastings, A. Dubin. Guitars performed by Michael Hastings and engineered by Tom Davis. Produced by Shaun Paul Dowse.
Frog Pocket appears courtesy of Planet Mu Recordings. Michael Hastings appears courtesy of Trembling Bells. Alan Dubin appears courtesy of GNAW.
Mastered by Conor Dalton at Glowcast Audio Mastering.