Electronic Press Kit – WHAT PUT THE BLOOD by Directing Hand

Artist: Directing Hand


Format: LP album

Cat. Number: DWR002

Limited Edition: 500

Release: 2007

Distribution North America: Jimmy at Forced Exposure

Contact: Anna at Dancing Wayang Records

DIRECTING HAND have recorded an exciting and chilling record of folk and fire tunes. Placing equal emphasis on experimental free drum and wordless vocal improvisations and reinterpretations of traditional English folk songs, “What Put The Blood” is beautiful, ugly, loud and quiet all at once. “And just as the traditional readings are illuminated by the advanced application of vanguard, modernist aesthetics, the improvisations feel intuitively authentic and deeply volk-ish. For a tradition to go on living, sometimes it is necessary to kill it off completely.” (from the liner notes).

Now consisting of Alex Neilson on drums and vocals and soprano Lavinia Blackwall who also plays harp, cello and harmonium, DIRECTING HAND have truly zoned in on the essence of their craft.
The LP features exclusive liner notes by Volcanic Tongue’s David Keenan and comes housed in a hand screenprinted wrap-around sleeve designed by Lavinia Blackwall.

Click here to download the full press release: pdf / Word document

DWR002 cover spread

Directing Hand

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Side A

My Son David (6:35 min)

The Temptation (4:37 min)

Speed Agreement (5:38 min)

What Put The Blood (3:13 min)

Side B

Two Brothers (5:12 min)

For PB / My Lagan Love (9:26 min)

Carbeth (5:32 min)