Nurse with Wound

Large Ladies With Cake in the Oven

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Walking the fringes of waking dreams and twisting the familiar into subtly sinister shapes like a musical Dali, billy goat-bearded Steven Stapleton has established himself as the underground's preeminent Surrealist. Stapleton's vision guides the long-lived, ever-mutating Nurse With Wound, an entity so perplexing that the name has come to signify the utterly indescribable. At times the group involves as many as several dozen participants, at others it includes only Stapleton and frequent collaborator David Tibet (Current 93). NWW breaks all rules and stakes out a freakishly cartoon-ish and chaotic realm. Through the use of hyperactive cut-ups and tape splicings reassembled in accordance with Stapleton's keen affinity for drama and paradoxical tunefulness, NWW traverses where few others dare.

LARGE LADIES combines quintessential mid-period NWW offerings with various coveted compilation rarities. The sound is best described in terms of the onomatopoeic thoughts brought to mind by NWW's cacophony: splatter, munch, smash, bang, cackle, creak, squeak, and squawk. Singsong and gibbering voices, preposterous instrumentation, blistering noise, an ice-rink aberration of Offenbach's beloved "Barcarole," nightmarish wails, and frantic piano plinkings are all fed into the NWW dreamgrinder and spit out as absurdist sound-collage.

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