meadow house This Should Not Be Happening (LP, £22.25)label: Feeding Tube
"I first heard of Dan Wilson (the fellow behind Meadow House, Radionics Radio and a quarter of post-electronics quartet Oscillatorial Binnage) back in 2005 when a friend turned me on to his brilliant radio programs on London's Resonance 104.4 FM. These shows chronicle the misadventures of a hermetic renaissance man who leaves cassettes full of his home recorded 'songs' scattered around the city like litter (a practice known as 'tape dropping'). You might find such a tape wrapped in a suicide note, or on a toilet seat in a public restroom or the floor of a subway train. Wilson's compositions from this period, which were performed on homemade instruments, were usually angst-ridden affairs, extremely bleak. When I was asked to assemble a record from 60-plus unreleased Meadow House songs, I was struggling with my own depression. So naturally I gravitated towards his darker songs, of which there were plenty. Sometimes they're filled with an almost manic exuberance, but the faint of heart should exercise caution... there is no happy ending." - Joey Pizza Slice, 2017.
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