Vulgar Displays Of Affection

by Luke Mawdsley

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Piss & Leather Cartilage hash Jibbing lotions In ones biscuit tin Thereafter the flare up All that is valued Forever hidden Glass mast with veil webbed Syphon off sculpt pummel The puff and the guzzle Is a shape you remember So different now Difficult to arrange Bigger then, than Politely lost Night weeds sound as tentacles in brave moon Shoes only worn at the laces replace socks frayed through habitual tug Invariably cross legged If, when space would allow You could make it fit just to accommodate the deplore of starvation Blink too long Blink too long Blink too long Riding the ass down the drain pipe Sour fuss Sour fuss Sour fuss Think me as fertility Men are vile All men are vile All rotting south All rowing sausage south A cowardly screw Men are vile All men are vile All rotting south All rowing sausage south A foul lune on the rise My least favourite smells are piss and leather My least favourite smells are piss and leather Piss and leather
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A body of water, a tributary river pushing and struggling to activate one final act, gushing into an ocean of pureness. Every bank you hit is a misstep, vulnerability, acceptance, sexuality, control and punishment, a catastrophic station of the cross experience where the mesmerizing is allowed to seep in. This is Luke Mawdsley’s debut for Maple Death ‘Vulgar Displays Of Affection’, a cathartic meticulous journey brimmed with emotion and failure.

The journey started in Liverpool, Luke Mawdsley’s hometown, with a quasi scientific method: texts and notes becoming mini mise-en-scènes recorded as spoken word performances, with each syllabic nuance creating a guide for instrumentation and a rhythmic delineation. Pitch manipulation was decisive in developing the identity of the record, creating a new voice, a persona that could fluctuate in a brave new landscape supported primarily by acoustic guitar and synthesizers, electronically mapping the topography of trauma. ‘Vulgar Displays Of Affection’ at times flows with the pace of a dark beast, an industrial ritual that brings together Coil’s minimalism and the indecisiveness of early Dubstep; at the core though a chrysalis exists, a cinematic world where Lynchian mystique meets grace and apocalypse, Jarboe’s spirituality and late Scott Walker’s majestic odes. Mawdsley visualizes respiratory like tracts linking the sympathizing thematic layers and depicts the throbbing space experienced between them.

Sometimes the river does take it all. No point in looking back.

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released July 24, 2020

‘Vulgar Displays Of Affection’ was performed and recorded by Luke Mawdsley. Fretless bass by Waffle Burger, sax by Andrew PM Hunt. Mixed by Paul Rafferty, mastered by Stephen Kerrison. Released digitally and on limited pink hand-stamped cassette. Artwork by Paul Rafferty. J-card inlay printed on 200g pure Italian paper and comes with lyric insert designed by Waffle Burger.

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