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The 4am: 4

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4: Nights Draw In

Apparently the clocks go back at the weekend. Or is it forward? I forget. I barely get to see more than three hours’ daylight as it is. “Heaven Is A Dark Place” reeks of the night, of urban nights, loping and shadowed. I’m in that kind of mood, where the knifefight-guitars of “Milk Road” fit right in.

Harlot insist that “Harlot” is pronounced “har-low.” Harlot are miserable gits. They only sound happy because they’re thinking about horrible things happening to other people. AWAKE are, if you like, evil shoegaze. They’re the people who fucked shoegaze in the night, puked blood in shoegaze’s toilet, made a shank in shoegaze’s bathroom and cut shoegaze’s boyfriend, and then left before dawn with all shoegaze’s money. There’s just something sleazy about the sound of “Whattanight” that you rarely hear in the field.

“The Bitter Dark” is the second and last piece that Cornish rural-drunktronic magician Kemper Norton gave me to play. Play late at night, with the lights out.


The Hungry Ghost – “Heaven Is A Dark Place” (3:51)

Poetry In A Machine Age – “Milk Road” (1:39)

Harlot – “Drown Me” (2:46)

AWAKE – “Whattanight” (5:56)

Kemper Norton – “The Bitter Dark” (2:56)

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