Various Artists

Fit for Kings

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This CD compiles a series of limited-edition records released on the Crawlspace label throughout the late '90s which document some of the far-out fringes of the lo-fi underground that thrived in New Zealand during the decade. As the story goes, the label had access to a tiny pressing plant that could press plastic records in very small editions, thus cultivating a mania amongst collectors and fans of the obscure. This CD, released in the U.S.A., puts these cult items on display for what they are worth as ultra-lo-fi avant garde from Chidrens Television Workshop, Parmentier, Wytcyst, Crude, Casagrante Apparatus, Pointsman, and White Saucer. The release is a great example of outwardly experimental enthusiasm and is a great chance to hear some of the more obscure tangents of noise music from New Zealand for fans of the Dead C, Gate, and Handful of Dust who cannot get enough of that feedback and tape hiss. The uninitiated may be a little shocked if they're expecting the sweet jangle pop that the country is widely known for producing.

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