The Not Applicable label this summer is to release guitarist Chris Sharkey's album Presets.
Leeds-based Sharkey, who hails from the north east of England, is best known for his work with Acoustic Ladyland and TrioVD. He also arranged WorldService Project's For King and Country. The 11-track album, solely electric guitar and hardware, was recorded to one stereo track with no additional processing post-performance.
Sharkey notes: ''I’d been listening a lot to Actress, particularly Ghettoville and Hazyville which really worked for me on the road. I wanted a music that develops slowly over time, drawing you in, making you forget about the clock.''
''I sat down, plugged some things in – my guitar, a computer, an interface, a couple of speakers and a decade’s worth of pedals and other stuff I’d accumulated over the years to mess with my guitar – and started playing.''
That process lasted for more than two months during which Sharkey says he ''just improvised when I hit the record button, simply responding to whatever the first sound was and developing it from there'' paying ''no attention to the time'' and trying to stay patient and focused. ''As the process continued, I would select my favourite parts and create playlists just for myself… Over the course of the next 5 years: touring, travelling, listening, I slowly whittled it down to what you hear on Presets.”
Tracks are: 'Blue Cloud, Red Fog'; 'The Sharecropper’s Daughter'; 'Faloodeh With Flake'; 'Evangelist (Salvation History)'; 'Detained At The Border'; 'Blowup'; 'Young Brothers'; 'Torpid Metacarpals'; 'Watt, Law and Order'; 'Puget Sound Backlash'; 'Scorpion Bow'.
The Presets release date is 25 June. Chris Sharkey, top