The Fortieth Day is the duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff, both key players in the power-electronics outfit BLOODYMINDED, a unit known for its confrontational live shows. The two also record primitive minimal-synth music, exclusively for Wierd Records [NYC], as A Vague Disquiet. In The Fortieth Day, Reyes and Solotroff utilize guitar, bass, and synth to improvise "sustained, withering blasts of high-pitched noise that are as distinct from one another as spotlights sweeping across the night sky; jackhammer clatter, jet-engine whines, and forlorn keyboard melodies dart in and out of those huge sounds with the grace and impunity of plovers picking a crocodile's teeth" [Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader].
This CD contains the remastered, 58-minute-long version of the "Pelusium: 540 AD" recordings, previously released in 2007 on cassette by Cipher Productions [Australia], in a handsome limited edition of 100 copies. Drawn from the last of the first wave [2005-2007] of recording sessions made by Reyes and Solotroff, this release sees the duo delving deeper into a heavier drone mode, allowing thick walls of bass and guitar noise to envelop the mix, creating a contrast for the occasional loop, melody, or slothful beat to rise to the surface. These recordings were re-mastered for the digital platform but allowing for true cassette saturation to work its magic. These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts, featuring black and white artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap; released in 2010.
1. Part 1 (29:15)
2. Part 2 (29:05)