The Whites of our Eyes is the 7 minute long, improvised result of the first collaboration between Oxford / London kraut-jazz-drone experimentalists Braindead Collective (featuring members of Guillemots, The Epstein, Keyboard Choir and others), and the Scotland-via-Lancashire purveyor of lo-fi creaks and drones, Rob St.John.
The collaboration is the second in a series of winter singles initiated by the Braindead Collective - 2009’s track ‘When it was Nice’ was written and recorded with Viv Albertine from The Slits.
The single is released on a pay-what-you-can basis, with all proceeds going to the charity Shelter.
Recorded on the coldest day of a freezing British winter in Oxford’s oldest church – St.Michael’s on Cornmarket St – by microphones strategically strewn from pews and rafters, it captures the sound of a band reshaping and remaking the song in response to each other’s improvisations.
Chris Beard - electric organ, Jon Berry - guitar, Phil Oakley - bass, Sebastian Reynolds - synth, Greig Stewart - ambience + percussion, Rob St John - guitar + lead vocal, Andrew Warne - guitar. Braindead Collective all sang backing vocals.
from The Whites Of Our Eyes (single)
track released December 13, 2010
Recorded and mastered by Andrew Warne. Live performance captured at St Michael At Northgate Church, Oxford on 27th November 2010. Song written by Rob St John. Arranged and performed by Rob St John and Braindead Collective
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