“Arkinoid” was original released on cassette by Sound of Pig in 1987 and like that year’s “Lost Horizons” was recorded live at The Fallout Shelter, although 2 months earlier. Â Given the close proximity in time, stylistically these two releases are fairly similar, as well as both improvised. Â Again the quartet uses synth, beatbox, tapes, cello and guitar with the mysterious St. Deborah’s prerecorded voice. Â Here the narration pulls from Samuel Beckett and Alfred Jarry. Â The majority of the disc does focus on instrumental passages, but overall does not strike me as significantly different from the previously reviewed “Lost Horizons”. Â Most of what is said there also applies to this disc. Â “Arkinoid” does features a bonus track recorded later that summer at Kathedral A which was previously released on the cassette compilation “A View from Somewhere” along side fellow Canadian artists Wigglepig, Sucking Chest Wound, Electrostatic Cat and John Oswald, among others. Â Because of its similarity, although here using Friedrich Nietszche as a text source,Â it seamlessly fits in with the rest of the disc. Â This would seem to replace the October 23, 1986 recording that was featured on the original cassette as the disc’s total time is around 51 minutes. Â As with others in the series, this comes in a colorful Digipak reproducing portraits of the text’s authors, the original cassette artwork, a section of the original flyer, and a trio of video stills.
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