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Equipment Pointed Ankh

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Without Human Permission
by Equipment Pointed Ankh

First pressing of 500 copies on BLACK vinyl.

Throughout the years EPA has focused on a sort of long-form blown out raga, noise, drone vibe with various players joining Marlowe at varying intervals. Within the past 2 years we've seen this core group of five come together as a unit - Marlowe with Chris Bush (Flanger Magazine, Caboladies, Flower Man), Ryan Davis (State Champion, Tropical Trash), Shutaro Noguchi (Feeding Tube artiste) and Dan Davis (Tropical Trash).

Sometimes it can be a bit cliche to harp on "their new album is a game changer, new direction, etc." I'll admit, I'm guilty of this. But seriously, Without Human Permission, is an an absolute game changer and new direction for Equipment Pointed Ankh. Go listen to as many of their earlier albums as you'd like (it's worthwhile). You still will not be prepared for Without Human Permission.

Without Human Permission was recorded in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at Machines with Magnets with engineer extraordinaire Seth Manchester in August 2020. Fresh off a 16 hour van ride from Louisville. EPA locked themselves into a studio for an entire week - no riffs were written ahead of time, not even a single conversation about who would play what and what they would record.

Marlowe describes the experience: "The biggest challenge off the bat was that Dan couldn't make it up there with us on a more-or-less last minute change of course. We did manage some live jamming with him through zoom/protools until his internet went out in West Virginia. We would send him works in progress and he'd send overdubs. Conversely he would then email us tracks blind and we'd sort through them each morning and pick out what we'd work on or just go off in our own direction. Chris had to unexpectedly leave early too so the second half of the record got Ouija-boarded into place by myself, Shu, Ryan and Seth. Russ Waterhouse of Blues Control showed up one day but was too hungover to jam on anything so we just drank some beers. We pretty much ran around hitting bongos and shit for the next three days laughing. We recorded until about 6 pm on the last day and Seth mixed it all in about three hours. Insane. Ben and Laura from Load Records had us over for a lobster boil the next day and then we drove home.
Fin. Just like how the Beatles did it."

Without Human Permission is what I envision whenever I see the "New Weird America" phrase (and no it doesn't sound like that). Synths, woodwinds, drum machines, pianos, bongos and more vying for space in these uncharacteristically sparse tracks and patient tracks. Largely eschewing the "wall of sound" of some previous EPA releases, melodies abound, from the synth in "Rainforest Cotillion" to the piano lines of "Olympics III." But just wait until you flip the record, side B's opener "Pioneer Chairs," jumps out with it's Absolutely Free era Zappa meets the midwestern art-rock lens of MX-80 Sound. From there it just spirals out into so many weird and wonderful ways - think ZNR meeting Pram at the skatepark to roast one with Gastr Del Sol. One of the more exhilarating & exciting sides of a record I've heard in ages, unadulterated sounds created by five brilliant Midwestern weirdos, using the studio itself as an instrument and somehow pieced together brilliantly by Seth Manchester.

released September 24, 2021

Jim Marlowe - drums, wind instruments, arp, percussion
Chris Bush - Serge Modular
Dan Davis - synth
Ryan Davis - piano, acoustic guitar, percussion
Shutaro Noguchi - electric guitar, piano, digital percussion
Seth Manchester - engineer, mixing, mastering, synth

Recorded in six cays at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, August 2020.

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