Work' is the debut album by London based Housewives. SInce forming in 2013 they have released an EP with Faux Discx and more recently a 7" with Blank Editions.
'Work' was recorded and produced with the help of Alex Townend (Vision Fortune) on a remote farm in the French countryside.
Using de-tuned and home-made guitars basic song structures were formed and then added to with recordings made using found objects; machinery, agricultural equipment and construction materials intermingled with field recordings of the surrounding area. An electric fence from the surrounding farmers land prevented a clean signal to the amplifiers resulting in no guitar or bass parts being recorded at the farm.
The focus of the recording process was turned towards creating layers of percussive and instrumental parts; drum parts were recorded from the bottom of a disused silage tank (Autarky), church bells recorded from the closest village (Half Step) and the architecture of the farm captured by creating feedback loops from the ambient sound of the surrounding farm buildings (Fig. 1).
These compositions along with the remaining instrumental parts were assembled and finalised in Townend’s South East London studio.
Released By: Hands In The Dark / Negative Days / Blank Editions
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released October 27, 2015
Songs written and peformed by Housewives
Produced by Alex Townend
Mastered by Joe Caithness (www.subsequentmastering.com
Artwork by Joseph Rafferty