TTW#52 – Millimetre – Sex Dreams of the I Ching
Cassette only – limited edition of 175 copies
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A1: Slept Off Woke Up
A2: Phantom Intercourse
A3: Close Blows
B1: When We Were Strangers
B2: Dusk Bled Rubies
B3: Summoning Of The Comfort Zone
Illustration – Deby McKnight.
Millimetre is Terence J McGaughey who has made critically-praised radical pop music with this moniker since 2004. Millimetre has released four albums - “Love Won Out” (2005), “Obsidian” (2007), “Heliography” (2009), “13 Homes” (2011) all on Orectic Records. The sixth Millimetre album, "Discreet Cathexis", will be released in spring 2013.
Millimetre writes… “Sex Dreams Of The I Ching started out as six love songs with strange fragmented structures that had titles inspired by readings from the I Ching. I didn't know what to do with them, but kept returning to them over and over, they had an uncanny quality whilst being totally dissonant and broken. One day I found some recordings I made on a 4-track years ago with a WEM Copycat – mostly my vocalisations looped endlessly – and out of curiosity played some whilst playing the love songs in the background. That's more or less how it began. A fortnight later all six songs morphed themselves into drones and then, with some minor embellishments, unfolding melodies, the titles magically fitting the new music. Sumetha and James added their parts and the album was done, no mixing required. As a listener you may find this album is perfect for playing in noisy environments.” Terence J McGaughey, London, 27th September 2012.
Sublime ambient/drone-pop rituals from Terence J McGaughey’s Millimetre – tipped for fans of Coil, Grouper or MSOTT. The Tapeworm has a habit of rooting out gold from the electronic sub-loam and ‘Sex Dreams Of The I Ching’ is a total nugget. It’s the first we’ve ever heard from Millimetre, and certainly won’t be the last, drawing together ghostly vocal glossolalia, opiated eastern drone from harmonium and ebow-ed guitar, plus morphing monotron washes in a manner that reminds us of some all time favourites, yet is clearly guided by a lone, individual chamber spirit. It’s surely one of The Tapeworm’s most enchanting releases and strongly recommended. Be quick, we can’t see this hanging around long.