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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
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“How This Ends” is the 12th solo album by Chris Connelly, and it is certainly the most extreme. Picking up from where 2008’s “Forgiveness & Exile” tailed off. In some ways, this is an extension of that, where Chris uses an ensemble cast of musicians, orators and non-musicians to produce something that vacillates between an almost serenely melancholic paradise, and a terrifying hellish vortex of noise. There are no songs on “How This Ends” - rather one long poem that is both spoken and sung by Chris and his collaborators.
“I wanted to compose without any regard to the song-form. I enjoy writing songs, but I’ve done it, and I want to try and move forward. To me, my work now is all about the words, and coming up with the best sounds to augment these words. It doesn’t have to be a musical instrument. I have in my mind a very clear image, almost like an impressionistic film of what it should be like. The hard part is making sure that nothing is wasted, that every word can carry it’s own weight, and that the people I have asked to help are the right people”.
And the subject matter is no less grave than “Forgiveness & Exile”. Forgiveness (sic) was about torture and people being displaced from their homes in trying to escape fascism. “How This Ends” is about death, genocide, homicide by corrupt powers upon innocents. It’s about the people who didn’t make it, the ones who either tried, or were taken by surprise. The ensemble cast is perhaps the most diverse Chris has assembled: Izi Coonagh (Sugar Bullet), Tania Bowers (Via Tania), James Marlon Magas (Magas, Lake of Dracula), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk), Zak Boerger (These Wonderful Evils), Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., Ministry, Swans), Brent Gutzeit (TV Pow), Sanford Parker (Minsk, The High Confessions), & David Levine (Mucca Pazza) This year also sees the release of the first album by Chris’s new band THE HIGH CONFESSIONS with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and Jeremy Lemos (White/Light).