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Still Life with Knife

by Helton and Bragg / Knife

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Helton and Bragg proudly present the chimerical, reconstructed soundtrack from the abandoned production of the late-period giallo film "Natura morta con coltello" (1980). Of the original work only a few production stills (as seen on the album cover), a handful of anonymous manuscript sketches and notes, and a rental receipt for an Elka Rhapsody string synthesizer remain. Everything else, including all film footage, was destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1986, quite possibly set by anarchists.

Further research into the whereabouts of the Elka yielded another fascinating tidbit: The now-defunct production company Nuovo Sangue also promoted and produced musical performances. The Elka was rented for one other occasion, a 1984 concert of new music works for film and theater. Uncovering the program notes made our hearts skip a beat - a tone poem titled "Rompighiaccio" was composed and performed by a new music ensemble with a stark, sinister name: Knife.

No further record of this group or its members exists.


released October 26, 2019

Blake Helton: Mellotron, Moog Model D, percussion
Colin Bragg: Oberheim SEM 4-Voice, tapes

Recorded at Kitty Teeth Studios, late 2016 - early 2017.


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Helton and Bragg Decatur, Georgia

Helton and Bragg mash together all measure of sonic influences, from ambient, country-tinged soundscapes to epic fuzz-rock ragas. Could be you never know what you're going to get from this captivating duo - but if you are there, immersed in the sounds, you just might get to experience a gem unfolding right in front of you. ... more

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