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NATHANIEL MELLORS

HORRIFIC OBJECT

JUNIOR ASPIRIN


Format: 7"
Cata No: ASP0029
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‘Horrific Object’ is a limited debut 7” single by
Nathaniel Mellors (The God In Hackney, Skill 7 Stamina
12, Conemelt). Released jointly by Box Editions (Los Angeles)
and Junior Aspirin Records (Hampshire, U.K.)
The track ‘Horrific Object’ fuses Nick Cave & The Birthday
Party’s swaggering jazz-blues pulse and the lean
menace of early PJ Harvey with a vocal narrative reminiscent
of an early 20th century horror short story. (Think:
Arthur Machen on vibes.) The song concerns a writer who
is given the eponymous ‘horrific object’: a thing which is
somehow encoded with a critique of the writer’s very existence
- “all the air around you is infected”. The song takes
aim at the presumptions of cultural ownership, inspired in
part by “Exiting the Vampire Castle”, an essay on class
and culture by the influential thinker Mark Fisher. ‘Horrific
Object’ was originally written and recorded to accompany
a sculpture of the same name which Mellors made for the
2020 Busan Biennale exhibition in South Korea.
The AA side, ‘Irrigating Hell’, is about another kind of horror
– that of displacement. The song ruminates on a move
to Los Angeles and combines imagery of ecological, car
and career-based catastrophe with a more industrial and
textured landscape reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle.
As 1/4 of The God In Hackney, Mellors released ‘Small
Country Eclipse’ which was The Colloquium for
Unpopular Culture’s Number One album of 2020,
with repeat plays on BBC RADIO 6 from Steve Lamacq
& Gilles Peterson. The God in Hackney’s ‘Cave Moderne’
was made Number One album of 2014 by Andrew
Weatherall for NTS Radio.

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Press:

Half opaque half translucent
pink / blue vinyl

 

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