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Return To Never (Home Recordings 1979 - 1986 Vol 2)

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Second volume in a trilogy exploring the teenage tape experimentation of Warren Defever aka His Name Is Alive. Echo-drenched guitar instrumentals, field recordings and gorgeous ambient tones pulsate through the analogue murk, also taking in dalliances with greyscale industrial drone, musique concrète and even a burst of 4-track noise pop reminiscent of the early work of The Jesus And Mary Chain.

Inner sleeve essay and interview once again by Mike McGonigal, the man behind Third Man’s recently launched Maggot Brain magazine and the author of books on My Bloody Valentine and Galaxie 500.

Praise for His Name Is Alive’s All The Mirrors In The House (Home Recordings Volume 1):

“These lo-fi, smudged worlds of sound, bled to cassette in Defever’s bedroom, feel remarkably prescient. His minatures have a particularly blissed-out, sun-kissed resonance, and a psalmic simplicity that’s as evocative as it is peaceable.” - Uncut

“An astonishing document of lo-fi alchemy.” - Pitchfork

“Sounds as good as any "ambient" release you've heard in the last five years” - The Quietus

“It's fairly impossible to point out stand out tracks because the album as a whole is superb.” - Pop Matters

“The next transmission from a man still making the everyday sound otherworldly.” - The Wire

“A superb place to start investigating the work of this genuninely intriguing musician” - Electronic Sound

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released February 28, 2020

Warren Defever: guitar, piano, sampler, echo, phaser
Shelley Salant: tape transfer engineer and archivist
Jymn Auge guitar on Gone

All songs by Warren Defever (Perforate My Heart Music, BMI)
Lacquer cut by Beau Thomas at Ten Eight Seven Mastering
Liner Notes by Mike McGonigal
Layout by Studio Tape Echo
Photos by my mom and dad
Thank you John and Matt Defever
Commissioned by Disciples

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