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Slice of Life

by Paradise Complete

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    Congratulations! Here at Parlour Tapes+, we value the dedicated life slicers in our community, and we would like to express our gratitude for you with this commemorative plaque, engraved with a custom download code and complete with a lime green cassette tape. Beautifully modded, highly applauded.

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    The tape comes in a giant ass martini glass with a crapload of blue candle wax in it, six wicks, and a very authentic can of sardines. HANDLING GLOVES INCLUDED.

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Mötley Cög 03:47
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Fish Shoppe 01:47
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R3alt0r4L1fe 03:57
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about

Slice of Life, Paradise Complete’s debut album, is equal parts curation, composition, improvisation, and memoir - a sound collage of sound collages. It all started when bandmates Ben Davis and Nick Meryhew exchanged a few brief texts and a real weird Snapchat video in 2019. This interaction established a simple practice that the improvisational sound collage duo followed over the course of the next two years:

Guidelines:
Mutual trust
Do what feels right
Take as long as you need
Don’t overthink it

Process:
Person A sends Person B audio of anything
Person B could do anything they want with that audio
Person B sends the result to Person A
Person A could do anything they want with that audio
Person A sends the result to Person B
Repeat steps 2-5 until it feels finished

Slice of Life is the result of this collaboration. The work is a conversation between Nick and Ben teeming with daydreams, free associations, and non-sequiturs. The duo assembled, synthesized, scavenged, and denatured gobs of sonic scraps and sculpted the album out of their detritus. Their asynchronous method allowed for destruction, alteration, and addition in the time domain, radically transforming their linear creative process. The result belies the process used to create itself: it is a singular experience shaped by the specter of its past lives.

credits

released February 19, 2022

Mixing: Nick Meryhew and Ben Davis
Mastering: Zach Moore
Art: Anna Belozerova

ABOUT BEN DAVIS
Ben Davis is a composer based in St. Paul, Minnesota whose works are oriented around active discovery, fluid possibility, and (not infrequently) absurdity. Performers including loadbang, Vertixe Sonora, Ensemble SurPlus, and Proxima Centauri have collaborated with them to make new pieces. Ben’s music has won a variety of awards including loadbang’s commission competition and multiple selections in Score Follower’s Follow My Score competitions. They have participated in the Sommerakademie at Schloss Solitude and Festival Mixtur and graduated from DePaul University with an M.M. in Music Composition and from UW-Madison with a B.M. in Music Education.

ABOUT NICK MERYHEW
Nick Meryhew is an experimental musician, educator, improviser, and armchair geologist. Their work explores ideas of assemblage, hybridity, and nonhierarchy through a sculptural approach to found sound. They currently perform as a member of Tallulah Bankheist, Paradise Complete, The Lucky Trikes, Runaway Labs Theater, and alongside artists Lia Kohl and Jen Hill. They have presented work at Roman Susan, MCA Chicago, No Nation Gallery, Comfort Station, Art Institute of Chicago, and High Concept Labs, among others.

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