Two Lone Swordsmen is the new project of Sabres Of Paradise's
Andrew Weatherall (helped out by Keith Tenniswood).
The program is to compose evocative soundscapes out of dub, techno and noise.
The monumental debut album,
The Fifth Mission (Emissions Audio Output, 1995),
basically pick up Weatherhall's research
where late Sabres (Haunted Dancehall) left it.
The project is still unfocused on Stay Down (Warp, 1998), although
some of its electronic/symphonic fragments best exemplifiy
the claustrophobic (Hope We Never Surface)
and the ghostly (No Red Stopping) music that Weatherhall is envisioning.
Shrouds of ambient noise (Mr Paris's Monster) and clockworks of
jazz-hop (Spine Bubbles) are meant as attractions but sometimes work
as distractions. The album and the music do not have a core, a center of mass,
a unifying theme, or, ultimately, a meaning.
Two Lone Swordsmen's EP A Virus With Shoes (Warp, 2000)
and the album
Tiny Reminders (Warp, 2000)
recover some of techno's thumping energy.
The album is their most impeccable production yet, full of background events
and still smooth like a pop song.
Further Reminders (Warp, 2001) is a terrible album of remixes.
Andrew Weatherhall's selection of other producers' tracks for
Hypercity (Forcetracks, 2001) is even more dreadful.
Keith Tenniswood is also active as Radioactive Man, that released two
collections of highly entertaining and creative dance-music:
Radioactive Man (Rotters Golf Club, 2002) and
Booby Trap> (Rotters Golf Club, 2003).
Peppered with Spastic Magic (Rotters Golf Club, 2003)
is a collection of Two Lone Swordsmen's remixes.
While only partially thought out (just like its predecessors),
From the Double Gone Chapel (Warp, 2004) turned out to be Two Lone Swordsmen's best
album in four years.
The pretext is the addition of vocals, guitar and (live) drums, which, per se,
would not be a dramatic departure; but the (rock) way they are used "is" a dramatic
departure, or at least a rediscovery of atmospheres long forgotten, particularly
the claustrophobic/suicidal sound of
Public Image Ltd.
Faux, Damp and Taste Of Our Flames
sweat sorrow and angst.
This new mood is contrasted with the naive, optimistic flimsiness of
Formica Fuego and
the hysterical/neurotic tics of Stack-Up and The Lurch.
Big Silver Shining Motor of Sin E.P. (Warp, 2004) is an EP that contains (terrible) remixes.
Emissions Audio Output (2006) is a career retrospective of
Two Lone Swordsmen
on the early albums.
Fulfilling the trend towards rock music and vocal songs of From the Double Gone Chapel,
Two Lone Swordsmen's
Wrong Meeting I and II (Rotter's Golf Club, 2007) veered decisively
towards rock music, barely nodding to the new wave of the 1970s but mostly
delivering an eclectic set of personal songs.
Finita quell'esperienza, Weatherall si e` concentrato sul progetto
Two Lone Swordsmen, con Keith Tenniswood.
Il monumentale The Fifth Mission (Emissions Audio Output, 1995)
e Stay Down (Warp, 1998) continuano in pratica il programma degli
ultimi Sabres in maniera piu` austera.
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