Difficult to trap in one description what finally KARL BLAKE represents for the british underground territory of the last thirty years. At least he is uncompromised and unpredictable. His involving in music goes through numerous bands, collaborations, projects, solo works... From avant-punk to neofolk, from psych to experimental, from industrial to eccentric pop sensibility, from romantism to 70`s hard /prog influences... Some of his most important works are with LEMON KITTENS (with DANIELLE DAX ) and SHOCK HEADED PETERS (with DAVID KNIGHT).
"Several Headed Enemy" (compositions recorded `90-`91) is the third SHP`s album. Funkier & fuzzier than the landmarks "Not born beautiful"(1985) and "Tendercide" (1996), it uses many of KARL`s "heavy" obsessions, along with electronic rhythms, to create a babylonian sound scenery where massive, threatening constructions, doomed atmospheres, electric mess, noir narrations, are crossed by a pale lighted but insisting, dream-lyricism.
I would buy their albums even only for their heterogeneity that absorbs you towards an unexplained nostalgia without end.
*see also our previous post about SHOCK HEADED PETERS "Tendercide"*