Benchmarks / Stark

by Red Wine and Sugar

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    Ongoing Discipline presents the debut US release of Red Wine and Sugar. The Melbourne-based duo of Samaan Fieck and Mark Groves conjures worlds in the liminal space between the sounds of Robert Ashley and the cinema of Robert Bresson. Theirs is an approach which slyly inverts the concerns of power electronics to detail something far more disquieting - the condition of modern city life and its attendant worries. Joe Talia glass-mastered CDs in eco-friendly wallets.

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Benchmarks 11:27
Benchmarks (11:27) Salt is essential In a precarious position Having a pet, receiving government benefits, and having young children Systematically denied access to a timely remedy A bitter experience of making complaints Greeted at the door by a wafting mixture of bleach, Pine O Cleen and Ajax Feed the harmful bacteria and microbes in the gut Stick to the 80/20 rule and you'll be good to go One in five live with mould, flooding or leaking One in four suffer ongoing problems with pests, including cockroaches, moths and ants It's hard to imagine a product or service this poor in any other sectors As it stands I have one basket of dirty laundry It’s now a liability, not an ambition It’s an anachronism in an age when nothing remains permanent Pseudonyms are used to protect the confidentiality of survey respondents
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Stark 13:03
Stark (13:04) Some days I’m fighting for the duration Staring in the bathroom mirror To observe my own face flushing There’s something fundamentally demeaning That comes with this implied taunt To its captive audience What I am worried about is the dill plant on my second-floor windowsill (burn your incense) *text in red Asking permission to change the showerhead On my hands and knees picking up bits of fluff and it's not about the germ factor "Clean house, clear head" A house full of clutter, dirty dishes, and cat hair forming tumbleweeds Drywall that doesn’t belong to us Focus more on yourself and your living quarters Those you can control We want to make irreversible choices about wall fixtures and rash decisions at the animal shelter Talking helped Acknowledgement helped Medication helped Substances helped Exposure helped Friends helped I fall down I get up I know that I’ll fall down again Sometimes I nail it, and other times I stumble And I’ll continue to They don’t want to own something But they don’t want to live in a home That’s owned by someone else

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Ongoing Discipline presents the debut US release of Red Wine and Sugar. The Melbourne-based duo of Samaan Fieck and Mark Groves conjure worlds in the liminal space between the sounds of Robert Ashley and the cinema of Robert Bresson. Theirs is an approach which slyly inverts the concerns of power electronics to detail something far more disquieting - the condition of modern city life and its attendant worries. Mastered by Joe Talia and released in an edition of 250 glass-mastered CDs in heavy, eco-friendly wallets.

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released February 24, 2021

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