A mini-album by Washington, D.C.-based BLK w/BEAR, Sorry about your (remixes), wherein the band artfully deconstruct/dissect Yonokiero’s 2009 release, Blue Apples (F&F 02) and rebuild it into something uniquely their own, foreign yet still familiar. Original sound files are reconfigured and fragments of melody and lyrics are rearranged to accentuate audio decay and broken communications: the melancholy keyboard line from “Sumimasen” is in place sublimated by Morse Code; the Blues-shuffle of “Casey Jnr” is bathed in whispered vocalizations and somber clarinet tones that punctuate looping cello and percussion; “Blue Apples” is reanimated as both the deep-drone “BLK Apples” and a second reconstruction wherein the original track’s acoustic jaunt is slowed to a snail’s pace of skittering prepared vinyl rhythms, ghostly vocals and the guitar processed to recall instead a samisen.
Sorry about your (remixes) will be released as a limited edition CDR with packaging by Damian O’Hara and includes a full download code. A bonus video mix of “Casey Jnr” by member Renee Shaw will also be made available to those who purchase the release.
BLK w/BEAR sound like The Books drank a bunch of cough syrup and morphed to look exactly like Peter Brotzmann - Isaac Linder, 2005
...like Basic Channel at their most abstract, and after a severe nervous breakdown - Wire Magazine, 2010
The sound of things falling apart - Cohort Records, 2011