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Public Works - Numbers (2001)

01 Hoping it's a dream

02 Ballantine mix

03 Interlude

04 Forevermore

05 Jazzy

06 Numbers 1

07 Numbers 2

08 Numbers 3

Their first new release since 1997's Matter, the post-Tape-beatle duo Public Works once again comes to the fore with a nine-inch transparent vinyl EP.

Myke Weiskopf of Obscure-Disk says this about Numbers:

"...Numbers is a phenomenal piece. It totally nails the uneasiness/dread of the Conet and Ghost Orchid records "in a way, it really gets to the effectiveness of the source material. Arguably, the whole reason that numbers stations and EVP are frightening (not just accounting for the pure sound of them) is because they are random, unexpected, and impossible to order in the rational mind. Instead of putting on a CD that says, 'You are going to hear a neatly ordered catalogue of disembodied voices,' which effectively prepares and therefore somewhat numbs the listener to the shock of the experience, the Public Works piece reinstates the illusion of randomness" and creating a context. Anyway, it's great."

Composed using multitrack recording and sequencing software from a wide variety of source material, Numbers continues in the vein of Matter with regard to both style and substance. The audio on the disk ranges from hard-driving and rhythmy, to seductive and ethereal, always one moment arriving in logical form to replace the last.

Composed by:
Ralph Johnson
Lloyd Dunn

EP release (2001): Elevator Bath, Austin, Texas

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