Dead Hedge Trio EP

by Dead Hedge Trio

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May 2015 sees the release of an EP of four stand-out cuts from DEAD HEDGE TRIO's ambitious and multifarious live set. Clocking in at 26 minutes, the release rides roughshod over flavours taking in the deconstruction of rock's customs à la Acoustic Ladyland and Morphine, through to unwavering atmospheric pulses akin to Labradford, tastes of layered but live-in-the-room treatments along the lines of Tortoise, right past the grooves and shark-baiting straight swinging of Flying Lotus, Thundercat et al; this is a record that is acutely aware of the past's weight and might, but stares intently outward, up and forward… perhaps into an abyss, perhaps into the entrance of Tom Waits' big top. There is humour in the dark, after all -- it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear shirt-tugging no-wave echoes of The Lounge Lizards in this storied combo's live shows.

Recorded with John Ellis (of The Cinematic Orchestra) at Limefield Studios in Manchester, it's a pretty poorly kept secret that this infamous bunkhouse has provided the finishing touches to many of the North West jazz scene's finest moments, and it's no wonder DEAD HEDGE came up with the goods at the home of DJ Vadim's more out-there recordings. Of course, Ellis is best known for the Cinematic Orchestra's gleaming jewels 'Man With A Movie Camera' and 'Ma Fleur', recordings that were products of a similar scene and mindset to DEAD HEDGE's -- that reverence for past masters filtered thru a heady appreciation of up-to-the-minute electronic, beat-based, and compositional guitar music.

[George Maund, 2015]


released May 6, 2015

Music by Dead Hedge Trio.

Engineered, mixed and mastered by the unflappable John Ellis at Limefield Studio -

Artwork and cover design by Hannah Bitowski -



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Dead Hedge Trio Liverpool, UK

DEAD HEDGE TRIO were initially recognised around their home base of Liverpool as the arresting in-house-band at the (now sadly defunct but nevertheless) indispensable city centre jazz café Mello Mello. From these roots in the eclectic and richly diverse Ropewalks crowd of creators, DEAD HEDGE came out of the basement and onto the stage alongside formidable touring acts and peers. ... more

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