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Magnet Blues

by Zhu Wenbo/Zhu Songjie

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    Letterpress printed by Small Fires Press, Alabama.
    Black ink on ~60lb white stock.

    Duplicated by A to Z Audio, Ohio.

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Train Song 02:58
Middle Song 02:23
Blank Song 06:09
Last Song 07:48


"Magnet Blues" presents Zhu Wenbo and Zhu Songjie’s unique and utterly bizarre take on American blues, as if filtered through layered variations of darkness. Throughout the recording, we hear barely audible vocals, minimalist, smart, and subtle guitar work, and the folkish atmosphere of what sounds like distant train activity and dying radios. Instrumentation is notable here: Songjie uses the peculiar Casio EG-5 electric guitar, with a built-in cassette deck, while also playing harmonica. Wenbo plays a Fisher-Price toy cassette player, sings, and also plays harmonica. Throughout bursts of noise and rustling midrange timbres, Zhu and Zhu navigate an understated, focused, and dreamlike realm of song and texture.


released April 4, 2023

Zhu Wenbo - Fisher-Price toy cassette player, voice, harmonica
Zhu Songjie - Casio EG-5 electric guitar with built-in cassette deck, harmonica

"See That My Grave is Kept Clean" written by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Mixed by Zhu Wenbo
Mastered by Hiroyuki Ura
Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
Letterpress printed by Small Fires Press


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Notice Recordings started in Chicago in 2009. We are now based in Kingston, NY, and Columbia, MO. We release experimental and contemporary sound works. Notice Recordings is run by Evan Lindorff-Ellery (NY) and Travis Bird (MO).

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