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« Dec 27, 2022 17:03:24 GMT »
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People keep asking me:

"Mahoney, have you quit music?, it's been over a year since your last album, we expect half a dozen albums every year!"

"Have you finally figured out that quality over quantity might be the answer?"

Well, the answer to both these questions is a great big NO. Of course fucking not!

I've had a few bits on the go throughout the year, but nothing had come out as it either wasn't finished, wasn't created yet, I hadn't done the artwork, or I simply hadn't hit publish on bandcamp. 

Today I come to you with not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE(!) new releases. I took these records to the top dogs at Bat Chain records & they said that this idea would be commercial suicide. I looked them in the eyes & told them "Well, It's only Tuckerman that is going to listen anyway". I stormed out of the meeting & decided that The Jesus Abyss should depart from the label. My other side projects will still go onto Bat Chain, but I like the idea of having all The Jesus Abyss in one place. 

So today I present 5 new releases for you to all not listen to!

01:

The Jesus Abyss - The Melting of the Hardness of Heart





thejesusabyss.bandcamp.com/album/the-melting-of-hardness-of-heart

A 20odd minute six track EP recorded over the past few days. I had watched the Pitchfork documentary on Souvlaki, a record I'd always enjoyed but never really understood the love for. When the doc finished it was late but I decided to have a listen whilst I drifted off to sleep. The record sounded like a completely different beast, it really blew me away & I felt inspired. I immediately started to make music & whilst the results sound nothing like Slowdive at all, I feel the mood & atmosphere of the record rubbed bled into my work. I was up until the sun came up & ideas were just flowing out of me. I'd borrowed a workmates MicroFreak synth & I'd come up with a bunch of simple motifs which became the backbone for most the EP. There's a couple of acoustic moments, but it's mostly me playing with textures & creating atmospheres. I'm really happy with how it came out. I also need to thank Flo from my favourite band DRY CLEANING (you may have heard of them?), she picked a CD  "The Sounds Of American Doomsday Cults" on the Amoeba Records What's In My Bag series. I sampled some on youtube & it's as bat-shit mental as it sounds, so parts of that made perfect samples for this EP. The artwork is a collage piece I made during lockdown of a man diving off a hotel complex with a photo I took in the home of Barny superimposed on top. I like how it came out.

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The Jesus Abyss - Modern Decay



thejesusabyss.bandcamp.com/album/modern-decay

I hadn't made any new original music in an entire year, just wasn't in the mood for it. Then one day in October I was walking through L0ndon Bridge station on my way to meet popular forum member Krburg when I could hear a Church Organ in the background. I followed the sound (It's kinda hidden around the corner on the way to the tube entrance) & there it was, a great big fucking church organ! The guy who was playing got up and left so I jumped on & hearing my noise echo out around the main hall inspired me. I got out my phone and recorded what was coming out, it really was a beautiful sound & those short parts formed the basis of the track "Organic Departure" which closes the record. Those parts became manipulated, stretched and multi-layered to create an epic piece. I had intended to record more each time I was passing through, but word got out quick & there is always an arsehole playing Coldplay everytime I pass. Despite this, I had the bug to create music again. Modern Decay is a return to the classic Jesus Abyss mixture of Drone meets Ambient. A record to put on in bed & float away with.

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03:

The Jesus Abyss - Words for the Defeated



thejesusabyss.bandcamp.com/album/words-for-the-defeated

The third collection of spoken word poetry. I'd written 90% of these during lockdown a couple of years ago, most being written whilst in my £20 argos paddling pool getting burnt to shit. It's 25 pieces that touch on childhood, cynicism & self hatred with a dose of humour thrown in for good measure. This should have came out about a year ago but I never got around to recording the voice memos. Since then I've only written two more pieces so it could be some time before I have enough for another collection. 

04:

Various Projects - Sods & Odds



thejesusabyss.bandcamp.com/album/sods-odds

This is a compilation of music I've made over the years under various monikers away from The Jesus Abyss. The majority of that music is patchy at best, but there's been moments spread throughout that I think hold up. These tracks are mostly tongue in cheek with me having fun. Includes songs from Wank Lotion, Thee Primitive Species, The Soapbox Poetry Club, Hush Puppy Cunts, Sons of Dwaye, Karl & Kev & Lieutenant Fishfinger & The Mystical Squid. The Artwork is a digital collage I made during lockdown. There was an archive of the entire Playboy back catalogue online, issues from the late 60s to mid 70s were perfect for this kinda thing, especially the adverts. I was really getting into doing that, enjoying it more than making music TBH but the archive was taken down & I got a new laptop and never did find the website that I was using to make all of these. I guess I should just learn to use photoshop & be done with it.


05:

Karl Mahoney - Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go



batchainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/lets-go-lets-go-lets-go

This is the 4th Daniel Johnston covers EP. The six songs were finished in time for the deadline I set myself for these, September the 11th, which is the day he died. However, there was delays with the Swedish art department so it sat unreleased. I could feel Daniel Johnston's tears falling from the sky everytime it rained, so I just got a pen out five minutes ago and did my best on the back of an envelope whilst my microwave meal was cooking. I like covering Daniel's songs because even with my limited capabilities you can just about get away with it, though the decision to turn Mean Girls into a hip-hop number was regrettable. 







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« Dec 28, 2022 8:19:50 GMT »
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Quite enjoyed The Melting of Hardness of Heart tbh, definitely one of your best releases

Not sure I'll get to all the other mahocember releases but this one is a keeper

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« Dec 28, 2022 9:16:41 GMT via mobile »
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Thanks for listening. Yeah that’s the one I think would (if any) appeal to people. The rest is an acquired taste.

When are you going to do some music again? It’s been a few years now

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« Jan 6, 2023 16:00:01 GMT via mobile » -
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The Melting of The Hardness of Heart is really bloody good. Not heard the rest yet but absolutely stelllar job.

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« Jan 6, 2023 16:53:06 GMT »
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Cheers Tux, much appreciated.

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