Sketches for a Decaying Island

by Steven Ball

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This is a mixtape of instrumental and song sketches which were recorded during 2018 as part of the process of writing the Bastard Island album.
linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/bastard-island

Some of the songs from Bastard Island appear here in early rough, sketchy, often improvised forms, other songs didn't make it onto the finished album. Electric Yellow Metal was originally written and recorded in Australia in 1991, it was a kind of initial imaginative reference for Bastard Island and was going to be included, but I decided against it at the last minute. The song is included here both in its 2018 version and the original recorded live to Portastudio cassette from 1991.

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released April 7, 2019

Steven Ball sings, plays 6 and 12 string electric guitar, bass guitar, software instruments, found sounds, SW radio, etc

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Steven Ball London, UK

Steven Ball has been working as an artist since the early 1980s, in film, video, sound, installation, and performance, and has been a member of the post-punk DIY group Storm Bugs. In 2014 he started writing and recording songs as a solo project, being particularly concerned with experimenting with which kinds of texts might constitute a song lyric. ... more

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