Cafe Oto's record label Otoroku has announced a reissue of Evan Parker's seminal The Snake Decides. The album contains four solo recordings that took place in Oxford. The album was remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and features new liner notes by Brian Morton. Read an excerpt from the liner notes below:
The Snake Decides attracts a certain array of adjectives - intense, radical, fearsome, hypnotic, virtuosic – and occasionally allows a more ambitious reviewer to avoid platitude by talking more specifically about 32nd harmonics, circular breathing, multiphonics and Gerson's exact choice and placement of microphones. But this misses a point, too. Listening to this record, either for the first or the fortieth time, is an arousing experience.
The album is limited to 500 copies and can be pre-ordered on the Otoroku site here. There is currently a deal where one can bundle the release with The Topography of the Lungs (Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink) and The London Concert (Evan Parker / Derek Bailey). You can find more information about that deal here.
The Snake Decides tracklist:
A1. The Snake Decides
B1. Leipzig Folly
B2. Buriden's Ass
B3. Haine's Last Tape