Together, Steve Lewis and Shaun Blezard are Deep Clutter, an experimental and improvisational duo combining vocals and electronics. Some months ago I was contacted by Steve who asked if he could use extracts from my story ‘Thinking in Slices’ (Published in Flax 001) for an E.P.. I know Shaun and Steve’s work and couldn’t wait to hear how they used the words with their soundscapes.
It’s a strange and exciting experience to hear your words reinterpreted. The sample track below, ‘I Slice Tomatoes,’ is taken from the open lines of the story. A woman, recently bereaved, fixes herself supper and is visited by the ghost of her lover. In the story, it is the ghost who can’t move on, who can only communicate with the woman on the same footing as when he was alive.
It’s a story of deep frustration, loneliness and resentment, although it is cloaked in the mundane action of slicing tomatoes for supper. Deep Clutter’s interpretation cuts through all the veils and gets to the sharp-edged heart of things. The repetition suggests the futility of trying to move on, the heaviness of expectation. The vocals move from plaintive whimpers, to ghostly, unsettling wails. Clear ambivalence – who speaks – the ghost or the woman?
I Slice Tomatoes is taken from the Deep Clutter 6 track album Slices. Listen here.
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Music by Steve Lewis – Vocals/FX & Shaun Blezard – Electronics
Words by Mollie Baxter
Released by: Clutter Music
Release/catalogue number: CM007
Release date: Jul 30, 2011