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Port SulphurCreeping Bent
Released: 17th June 2020
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Paranoic Critical is the central part of Compendium but it does not include the Biblioteca and Companion Set tracks. It comes with a 7" of SAHB's The Faith Healer as reworked by The Pop Group's Gareth Sager and Jock Scot.
Sometimes a map is not quite enough. You can judge proximity, density, transportation possibilities and other stuff but if you’re not there on the ground you don’t really quite know what it is you’re looking at. My own map of Port Sulphur was always a bit incomplete and I’m very pleased to have finally filled in bits of essential detail while listening to Compendium, which I’m loving.
Port Sulphur is the project of Douglas MacIntyre, one of the key figures in what came next for Scotland after punk. He was a member of Article 58 (one now prohibitively expensive 7”, you DIY freaks), founded Creeping Bent, played in The Jazzateers, The Secret Goldfish, The Nectarine No9 and Sexual Objects with Davy Henderson. He’s played with everyone from Subway Sect to Future Pilot AKA which is pretty wild in itself.
Biblioteca is the central part of the Compendium triptych featuring various collaborations with Davy Henderson, James Kirk (Orange Juice), Vic Godard. Alan Vega and Katy Lironi. It’s a personal work inspired by the significant things that stick with us - these include the lamented Compendium Books in Camden, Subway Sect, early 80s Edinburgh club culture. In a way it encourages us to consider the things that have been significant in our own lives too.
Douglas MacIntyre: “I started recording the Port Sulphur tracks in tandem with a concentrated period of live performances and studio recordings playing bass with The Nectarine No9 and sister group Sexual Objects. These were pivotal times, and after a series of live concerts playing guitar with Vic Godard on performances of his debut with Subway Sect (What’s The Matter Boy), I was persuaded by Vic to continue recording my own songs and see what developed (as opposed to having a pre-existing school of thought).
I returned to recordings of some instrumental tracks I had been working on and abandoned (on the basis I thought they sounded like a facsimile of side 1 of Low), and started deconstructing them. Once the tracks had been ripped and torn I started imagining new possibilities, which would involve more collaborative processes. The influence of Sexual Objects being produced by Boards of Canada was massively inspiring, the convergence of which resulted in me locating focus and a reinvigorated approach for Port Sulphur. All the artists and musicians featured on this album contributed massively to the outputs, which is also true of the designers, directors, and photographers involved with the project works to date which all feature distinct approaches.”
So if you’re looking for some Davy Henderson swagger in the spaces between a new Sexual Objects record or maybe James Kirk hitting his idiosyncratic stride on Orient Express or some Eno-Fripp instrumental moments, Port Sulphur has made a record where all these things happen. It has an open-ness that I always associate with Sushil Dade’s Future Pilot AKA - the idea of setting the scene, of community and co-operation, of trying to make something beautiful. Like the other parts of Compendium, Paranoic Critical is in some ways complex but simple too in its humanity.