Sunburned Hand of the Man


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Mind Of A Brother , 5/10
Piff's Clicks , 5/10
Headress (2002), 5/10
Jaybird (2001), 6/10
Trickle Down Theory Of The Lord , 6/10
Closer To The Bone , 5/10
Sunburned Hand of the Man , 5/10
Rare Wood (2004) , 5/10
The Secret In Disguise (2004), 4/10
Fire Escape (2007), 5/10
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Sunburned Hand of the Man is a Boston ensemble, led by Jon Maloney, a distant relative of the No Neck Blues Band, that plays anarchic music not too different from the Sun City Girls. Their career is devoted to a 50-volume work that began in 1998 with Mind Of A Brother (Manhand) and Piff's Clicks (Manhand), not to mention the unreleased Loose Bugs (1998- Spirit of Orr, 2009), and continued with monumental releases such as Headress (Records, 2002), Jaybird (Qbico, 2001), the first one to be released but not the first one to be recorded, containing Featherweight (7.18), The Jaybird (16.53), Soss, the Quilled Investigator (11.30), Eggshell Blues (18.31), Leaving the Nest (8.46), and Too High to Fly No More (14.06); Trickle Down Theory Of The Lord (Eclipse, 2003), one of their most abstract and loose works, the double CD-ROM Closer To The Bone (Manhand), Sunburned Hand of the Man (Skull - Wabana, 2004), etc. Each is a chaotic assortment of ghostly free-jazz, psychotic space-rock jams, ambient droning, ethereal folk ballads.

Rare Wood (Spirit of Orr, 2004), mostly recorded live, includes Easy Wind, a cauldron of distorted spoken-word, electronic noise, grotesque Captain Beefheart-ian jamming; Gyp Hawkin', 10 minutes of percussive doodling; Camel Backwards, a subhuman blues chant blurred by distortion and echoes; Glass Boot, a chaotic collage of vocals, noise, tribal drumming and spastic jamming. The proceedings are as amateurish as rock musicians can get. But, then, that is precisely the point.

The Secret In Disguise (2004) is another clumsy, improvised set.

Like all prolific acts, Sunburned Hand of the Man produce little that is worth having. Anatomy Vol 1 (Manhand, 2005), the live Complexion (Records, 2005 - Very Friendly, 2006) and Wedlock (Eclipse, 2005) were mostly full of filler, although one

KnifeLifeLike (Manhand, 2006) is a double 7".

Fire Escape (Smalltown Supersound, 2007) was basically a series of improvisation by the band remixed in studio by Four Tet's Kieran Hebden.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Andrea Marengo)

Capitanati da Jon Maloney, i Sunburnerd Hand Of The Man, sono un complesso di Boston, relativamente imparentato ai No Neck Blues Band, che suona una musica non troppo dissimile a quella dei Sun City Girls. La loro carriera è devota ad un'opera di cinquanta minuti che iniziò nel 1998 con Mind Of A Brother (Manhand) e Piff Clicks (Manhand), per non parlare del materiale inedito contenuto su Loose Bugs (1998 - Spirit Of Orr, 2009), proseguendo con altre pubblicazioni monumentali quali Headress (Records, 2002), Jaybird (Qbico, 2001), ovvero la prima ad essere pubblicata ma non la prima ad essere registrata, contenente Featherweight (7:18), The Jaybird (16:53), Soss, The Quilled Investigator (11:30), Eggshell Blues (18:31), Leaving The Nest (8:46) e Too High To Fly No More (14:06); Trickle Down Theory Of The Lord (Eclipse, 2003) uno dei loro lavori più astratti e improvvisati, il doppio CD-ROM Closer To The Bone (Manhand), Sunbarned Hand Of The Man (Skull - Wabana, 2004), ecc... Ciascuna è un assortimento di  free-jazz spettrale, jam di space-rock psicotico, ambient-drone e ballate di folk etereo.

Rare Wood (Spirit Of Orr, 2004), registrato soprattutto dal vivo, include Easy Wind, un calderone di spoken-word distorti, rumore elettronico, jam grottesche alla maniera di Captain Beefheart; Gyp Hawkin', dieci minuti di scarabocchi percussivi; Camel Backwards, un disumano cantico blues annebbiato da echi e distorsioni; Glass Boot, un collage caotico di voci, rumore, percussionismi tribali e jam spasmodiche. I procedimenti sono tanto amatoriali quanto quelli proposti da dei tradizionali musicisti rock, ma, alla fine, è proprio questo lo scopo.

The Secret In Disguise (2004) è un'altro maldestro set improvvisato.

Così come tutte le opere prolifiche precedenti, I Sunburned Hand Of The Man produssero poco materiale che valga la pena possedere. Anatomy Vol 1 (Manhand, 2005), il live Complexion (Records, 2005 - Very Friendly, 2006) e Wedlock (Eclipse, 2005) erano perlopiù colmati di riempitivi, benché 

Knifelikelife (Manhand, 2006) era un doppio 7".

Fire Escape (Smalltown Supersound, 2007) era fondamentalmente una serie di improvvisazioni della band remissate in studio da Kieran Hebden dei Four Tet.

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