Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Logo #192: Contrastate
Designed by Stephen Meixner in 1987. Contrastate, a trio of masked British experimentalists (Jonathan Grieve, Stephen Meixner and Stephen Pomeroy), littered the avant / home taping networks through the '90s with a beautifully insular, eccentric and at times frightening panoply of sound that was at equal points threatening and soothing. The album titles: "A Live Coal Under The Ashes," I Am A Clown Collecting Moments," "A Thousand Badgers In Labour," "False Fangs For Old Werewolves," and "Seven Hands Seek Nine Fingers." Contrastate broke up, but Meixner still makes music as srmeixner and it's eminently worth seeking out.