Blood Drums


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Reissue of their much sought-after first album, originally issued as a vinyl-only edition of 500 copies on Berlin label Grautag Records. Finally getting the wider release it deserves courtesy of the band’s own Duophonic imprint. It has been re-cut as a triple vinyl set, and is being made available on CD for the first time. The 3LP edition comes with a download card for the full album. 

The recordings here actually represent the genesis of the whole Cavern Of Anti-Matter project: commissioned by artist Nicolas Moulin to come up with a double album of original material, Tim Gane (formerly of the much-loved Stereolab) hunkered down in his home studio for three weeks with a collection of old sequencers, drum machines and analogue synths. With the assistance of Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf he produced the 16 tracks that comprise blood drums. The initial pressing sold out instantly, and offers followed to play live and make more records. As a result of this positive response, Cavern Of Anti-Matter have gradually evolved from one-off experiment to full-time band. 

After a series of low-key singles for various labels run by friends, last year they released their second full-length album and the first to be widely distributed: void beats/invocation trex. This was followed by the Record Store Day Remix 12” void versions (interpretations by Hieroglyphic Being and Karen Gwyer), and the 3-track I’m the unknown EP. They also toured throughout Europe in 2016 (including appearances at Primavera Sound, Green Man and the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia) and recorded a prestigious live session for confirmed fan Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music.