27 апр. 2013 г.

Birchville Cat Motel

Birchville Cat Motel is a one-man experimental music project formed by Campbell Kneale from Wellington, New Zealand. Although largely unknown in his home country, Kneale has toured throughout Japan, America, Europe, and Australia. His first vinyl release was Jewelled Wings on the Freedom From label. Many of Kneale's rare and out of print recordings have been reissued recently on a 6cdr collection entitled Chaos Steel Skeletons.

Kneale operates the labels Celebrate Psi Phenomenon and Battlecruiser which have issued CDs by artists from New Zealand and overseas, including Matthew Bower (under the name Mirag) and Simon Wickham-Smith with recent releases by Richard Youngs and Alex Neilson and one involving Tony Conrad. Kneale has used Birchville Cat Motel as a vehicle for many collaborations with other musicians, including Lee Ranaldo, Neil Campbell, and Bruce Russell. He also records under the names Black Boned Angel and Ming and compiled the Prince tribute album Shut Up Already Damn!. After being active as Birchville Cat Motel for 10 years, Campbell has recently disbanded this project to focus on his new project Our Love Will Destroy The World.


Birchville Cat Motel is the artist name for which noise monger Campbell Kneale first garnered some critical acclaim. His own blend of out-of-this-world noises and layers and layers of resonant drones were something quite unheard of before. To think he comes from a country renowned for it's peculiar underground noise bands (Dead C, Gate to name but two), it is surprising it took so long for Kneale to emerge and get some recognition. His earlier efforts were much louder and harsher than his later works; but as his career progressed, so did his sound. From a cold and uninviting blizzard of thick noise, it matured drastically and with time, a sense of dramatics has established itself within the thick layered drones. New, strange and exciting sounds surfaced and gave the noise an exotic touch which kept it from becoming tedious. Kneale has always been extremely prolific releasing album after album under the Birchville Cat Motel moniker; usually in very small editions (not unlike Acid Mothers Temple) on his own Celebrate/Psi/Phenomenon label (which is also responsible for releasing albums by Kemialliset Ystävät and Simon Wickham-Smith). But he is also known for his works under his own name, his collaborations and various other artist names he has used through the years on both his and other labels. No need to say his body of work is huge, just like his sound. Elements of doom metal have recently surfaced in his work and he's even put together a new label, Battlecruiser, dedicated to these metal tendencies.

See also Invisible Pyramid compilation with  Campbell's participation

Ask for download links in comments.

17 комментариев:

  1. Is it insane to ask for links for all the releases available on 320?

    1. Okay, let me see... What about ten albums for one hands. Anyway, you can ask for another six, when you enjoyed the first pack. And then you can ask for three other ones. Your move now

  2. Анонимный11 июня 2013 г., 11:12

    I would also enjoy ten of your choice. This guy is incredible!

    1. You must request. It's the rule) And it was joke about system of requesting - I just wanted to say, that I can upload some numbers of albums at one time - its too many fore one global upload, you now

    2. Анонимный11 июня 2013 г., 18:17

      In that case, I'd be very happy if I could get links for

      Siberian Earth Curve
      Lion Of Eight Thousand Generations
      With Maples Ablaze
      Seventh Ruined Hex
      Cranes Are Sleeping
      Curved Surface Destroyer
      Four Freckle Constellation

      I have waited to hear more of this artist for a long time. You are doing many people a great service with sharing this music. I appreciate it.

  3. Анонимный26 июня 2013 г., 21:20

    I would like to request links for

    Birchville Cat Motel
    Second Curved Surface Destroyer (Big one!)
    Chi Vampires
    Summer's Seething Pulse
    We Count These Prayers
    Jewelled Wings
    Birds Call Home Their Dead
    Creeping Frost Onset

    If you replace all these with links you'll be my best friend forever. And thanks for all the links you've put here so far!

  4. Thanks! I am also interested in:
    Under Nagoya
    Birchville/Bruce Russel
    glass harvest moon
    British steel
    untitled w/neil campbell
    the silver chair
    stellar collapse
    pink stalingrad
    split w/ yellow swans
    untitled w/mattin
    Fear Falls burning & bcm
    china slope
    glamour puss

  5. Wow. Thank you for all your contributions to this community of music freaks. There's really no one else on the internet like you, you know that? Do you have any Our Love Will Destroy The World releases from Neil?

  6. Here's what I'm missing: is it possible for you to upload all this stuff? BIG THANKS!
    1999 - Blankangelspace - 192 Kbps
    2000 - Crop Circle Empires - 192 Kbps
    2001 - Droop Drone Drops [with Eso Steel & MSBR] - 320 Kbps
    2001 - Galleries 4-6 [with Doe & Eso Steel] - 224 Kbps
    2002 - Birchville Cat Motel vs. The Ecstacy Trio - 192 Kbps
    2002 - Mighty Spine Catcher - 192 Kbps
    2002 - White Ground Elder - 256 Kbps
    2002 - Serene Trajectories [with Eso Steel] - 224 Kbps
    2002 - Crestfallen / Winters Crackling Glory - 320 Kbps
    2003 - Assholes Of The World Unite And Hunt In Packs [with Guilty Connector] - 192 Kbps
    2004 - Hiss Methodologies [with Antony Milton & Richard Francis] - 185-274 Kbps
    2009 - Live [with Antony Milton & With Throats As Fine As Needles] - 320 Kbps
    2011 - Came A Great Stallion Whose First Leap Sparked The Celestial Star - 274 Kbps