Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood
Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood is the first of two releases to come from Poliça and s t a r g a z e. Taking Steve Reich, the minimalist pioneer’s “Music For Pieces of Wood” as a basis and corrupting its polyrhythms across a continuous twenty minutes of music, this pushes the boundaries of both artists in a truly engrossing and transportative collaboration.
The release is a one-sided 12” vinyl record, with a decorative etching on side B, packed in an “old-style” tip-on jacket and black dust sleeve designed by Jake Luck.
s t a r g a z e is an ever-evolving project, marrying modern composition with alternative attitudes and sounds. The first official s t a r g a z e release was a pioneering re-interpretation of the music of the alternative experimentalists Deerhoof “Deerhoof Chamber Variations” which led to the fulsome, and controversial takeover of the BBC Proms for the David Bowie night, which saw s t a r g a z e collaborate with artists as diverse of John Cale, Elf Kid, Mark Almond and Anna Calvi amongst others to celebrate the astounding, at times contradictory, music of this soulful, inspirational polymath.
Poliça have themselves blazed a trail across the modern musical landscape – across their three albums of dark, personally political pop they have distorted the conventions of production and form to create deeply affecting songs that claw into your consciousness.