Friday, 7 November 2014
Nurse With Wound
It wasn't however until NWW became a Stapleton solo project that the project really took shape. Over the course of some 60 odd albums Stapleton has shaped NWW into a musical entity unlike any other.
Over the years Stapleton has molded NWW into a frankly bewildering variety of shapes. From the nightmare soundscapes of 1982s 'Homotopy to Marie'.
Through the Dada playfulness of 'The Ladies Home Tickler'.
To the stark, droning, post-industrial beauty of 'Soliloquy for Lilith'
and 'Salt Marie Celeste'. (here in it's starker earlier version as 'Salt')
The beautifully cut-up word play of 'Echo Poeme Sequence No. 2'
and the Neu (ish) excursions into motorik Krautrock with Stereolab.
Stapleton's has been a musical adventure forged along entirely personal lines. There have been many collaborators along the way who have been embraced under the Nurse With Wound banner - David Tibet, Colin Potter, Andrew Liles, Matt Waldron, Tony Wakeford, Jim Thirwell and more - but it is and always will be Stapleton's project to shape as his muse dictates and we wouldn't have it any other way.
To finish here is a small documentary shot a few years ago by Jon Whitney of the Brainwashed website visiting Stephen Stapleton on his farm in Ireland.