This beautifully packaged set comes with 180g transparent vinyl pressing of "NTBF", along with a bonus clear blue 7" with album bonus tracks. Also included is a clear blue, hand packaged and recorded cassette with nearly 60 minutes of unheard material, prepared to accompany the album. The 7" and cassette will not be released digitally, so grab yourself a copy! Just for fun, we're also including a cocktail recipe to enjoy with the record, created by Nick Stadnyk. We went all out with this one, folks!
Includes unlimited streaming of Nails Through Bird Feet
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Here at the slowwank office, we are immensely proud and excited to share our first release, “Nails Through Bird Feet” by the London based Canadian, Chris Tenz.
Even with a long list of contributors, the album maintains a sense of emotional expression and intimacy that we find to be rare in today’s music environments. Chris's focus for this album is the fragility of our memories, and on his relationship with his own troubling recollections.
The record took him five years to complete, and through it he chose to face a lot of himself. This has left us with the difficult task of trying to describe it to you, but that is often impossible to do when a record reaches you in such a personal way. So we will keep this simple: This is a record to be felt and explored, ideally alone in a dimly lit room with a stiff drink in hand.
We got rather carried away with the physical presentation itself. Along with the bonus 7", Chris explained to us that he needed closure with the last five years of his work. The cassette was something he compiled and mixed to represent anything he hadn’t finished or released that “will hopefully be useful to someone, someday."
We want to take this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of ourselves and the artist himself, for your interest in this beautiful collection of work.
"Reminds me of slices of early 1970's John Cale or This Kind of Punishment, combined with something I can't quite put my finger on. Really nice."
"The challenge to any artist is to realise the work envisioned in the mind. It’s a further challenge, and one often beyond the artist’s control, to see that the receivers of the work interpret it as intended or otherwise connect with the work’s meaning. It’s in these moments of silence that Tenz communicates and conveys the most. The sensation of waking from a half-remembered dream, bereft and between worlds drifts from every corner of the album."
"A catchy, slow pleat which also crawls into a snowy landscape completely under the skin."
-RifRaf Magazine (Belgium)
"Some parts give me goosebumps and that is what music is made for: to stand still for a moment and think about life. A very intense album."
-Peek A Boo Magazine
"It’s an album where self-examination and relentless introspective examination clash with subtle melodies that are swarming with emotion, and with every step there is heartbreak and revelation. 9 out of 10"
"Chris Tenz makes a brand of bedroom folk music as human as a Bonnie Prince ballad and as soaring as a Sigur Ros album. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what I want to find under the Christmas tree this year."
released November 13, 2015
Mixed and mastered by Oli Barrett and Fraser McGowan. Artwork and design by Oli Barrett, Lauren Cole, Ricky Fraser, Chris Tenz, and Jessica Tenz. 7" features vocals by Sara Gervais, and cello by Florence Fawcett. Cassette: Mastering by James Yates. Cello by Florence Fawcett. Trumpet by Edward McCormick