Bright Too Late
Exercises In Style
Avant garde improvisational textures, experimentation, postpunk aggression similar in places to This Heat, with touches of Canterbury scene sensibilities. Kind of prog, kind of punky, totally experimental and underground! It also has a Raincoats and Lemon Kittens vibe.
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This archival issue of exercises in style has been authorized by David Mattingly of Bright Too Late.
same size man
the painted bird
an unexpected interjection pts one and two
singing ink (wings wild in blue)
retrograde till moontide
tread softly through raintrip tundra pts one and two
the hospital hurts the girl
raintrip tundra reprise
all songs composed by bright too late except
the hospital hurts the girl (danielle dax/karl blake)
bright too late is
jane anfinson - violin, voice
erik baade - keyboards, voice
roberta eklund - keyboards, voice
david mattingly - keyboards, guitar, percussion
rick karcasheff - percussion
recorded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1983
originally issued on cassette
audio files, cassette cover, and information insert
thanks to David Mattingly for lending his personal copy of Exercises In Style
a2 and b1
David Mattingly - guitar, Rick Karcasheff - percussion
Hal McGee - vocal, Debbie Jaffe - keyboard
new digital transfer by Hal McGee, April 2015:
The first version of Exercises In Style presented here is the tape broken up into individual tracks for each song. I did my best, but my “edits” are a little questionable in places. Often songs flowed almost immediately into the next with a only a split second in-between. I was able to magnify the waveforms on my computer screen in Audacity, and I tried my best to place the track marker in a reasonable/logical place. But it’s not perfect. I guess you can think of this version as a convenience version, in case you ever need to access a specific song easily.
The other version of the cassette included here is a straight transcription of the complete sides of the tape. In many ways this version is preferable because it preserves the natural, organic flow of the original cassette album.