‘The ruins of the Spanish House stand on the banks of the river Sava at the heart of the Savamala district of Belgrade. Originally a decadent customs house in the heart of a bustling port, this decaying structure bears the imprint of many generations. Now an empty echo chamber, its walls reverberate with the rumble of the passing freight trains like the sea inside a shell; songs and shouts return distorted from a trip around the flooded basement and exposed structural supports become an unholy set of chimes. All the sounds you hear on this album were recorded on site and nothing has been added that is not of the building itself. This echoic palimpsest is architectural portraiture in sound’.
released 16 September 2013
All material originally recorded in Savamala, Belgrade, Serbia, April 2013 by Robin Fogić. Vocals and percussion by Mirjana Utvić and Anita Knežić.
Side 1 was produced by Robin The Fog, Side 2 by Robin The Fog & Chris Weaver with the Howlround tape loop quartet.
Mastered by James Edward Barker.
Photography by Milica Nikolic Micikitis.
No additional reverb or electronic effects have been used in the making of this record.
A Howlround production for Camenzind Belgrade.
Thanks to Leila Peacock, Axel Humpert, Yaniya Lee and the staff of Camenzind Belgrade, The Goethe Institute and NO-FM.
Special thanks to Mirjana, Anita, Milica and James for their talent, infectious enthusiasm and precarious balancing skills.
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