Black Rose Recordings are proud to present a collection of rare and unreleased tracks by the influential English experimental group Contrastate. This follows on from the sold-out compilation “False fangs for old werewolves” showcasing a dark ambient realm of spoken and sung soliloquies, driven machinery, evolving drones and electronic minimalism to create juxtaposing imagery and dreamlike landscapes. This release is presented in a beautiful gatefold CD cover with a four-page booklet containing detailed (mis)information on the history of each of the tracks.
Active from the late 1980s through to the present day Contrastate provide a sonic soundtrack to a hypnotic world full of dynamic sounds and emotional shifts. Their sound insinuates itself somewhere inside the dark ritual ambience of the electronic avant-garde shot through with a vein of experimental noise and sarcophetic vocals strewn amongst industrial surrealism.
“This is a fine showcase of what this band is all about. If it is the name you heard but have no idea about the music, then this could serve as a very good introduction.” Vital weekly 1258
Track 1 originally released on I Am A Clown Collecting Moments (And Other Chocolates) 7″ (Dying Earth, 1993)
Track 2 originally released on English Embers 7″ (Drone, 1994)
Track 3 originally released on Under The Line Laying North 7″ (Fourth Dimension, 1997)
Track 4 previously unreleased (1999)
Track 5 previously unreleased (1999)
Track 6 originally released on Stein: Interpretationen Eines Geologischen Materials Und Seiner Symbolik comp. 2xLP + 7″ (Verlautbarung, 2013)
Track 7 originally released on True Believer / The 10/40 Window 7″ (Dirter, 2016)
Track 8 originally released on True Believer / The 10/40 Window 7″ (Dirter, 2016)
Track 9 originally released on Troum Transformation Tapes: The 20th Anniversary Celebration (1997-2017) comp. 2xCD (Transgredient, 2018)
Track 10 originally released on Your Reality Is Broken comp. LP (Black Rose, 2017)
Track 11 originally released on Low Expectations comp. Cass (Fourth Dimension, 2019)
Track 12 previously unreleased (2019)