Title: No Anchor
Description: The first 7” in this classic Rothko anthology features the melancholy and moving stretches of ‘No Anchor’ with its fleeting samples expertly weaved between the sparse layers of bass while ‘Extract’ reveals a gentle, hypnotic improvisation that tinkles and disappears before it’s really gotten underway. Astonishing. The simmering ‘Through Corridors’ is next, a faint progression that builds up slight sound statements gradually, eluding grand gestures in favour of something more understated and engaging. All compressed and squashed to destructive imperfection, ‘Spine’ gives a disconcerting ending with gnarly tones and murmurs of vinyl static. A fantastic first instalment.
Background: “Most of the tracks on ‘No Anchor No Chart No Rudder No Sails’ are my very first attempts at writing my own music. A lot of the other early tracks appeared on ‘A Negative For Francis’ and a couple surfaced on ‘Forty Years To Find A Voice’. The majority of them are on this collection which I originally put out on a few cassette releases and three of which I put out before the band was even formed. At the time I didn’t actually have a name for the band. That came later after I met Crawford Blair. It was my good friend Nick Olofsson who suggested I try and record my own material as I had actually decided to give up trying to join a band. So he said, “Why not do your own thing?”. About 75% of the tracks on this release were recorded at Nick’s flat in Kentish Town onto his Fostex Porta 05 four-track cassette recorder. Without him and his partner, Anet Mook, I doubt the group, and this music, would ever have existed.” - Mark Beazley
Information: Composed between 1997 and 1998, ‘No Anchor No Chart No Rudder No Sails’ was originally released in 2001 by the Burning Shed label as a collection of rare Rothko recordings. Mark Beazley has perfected his ethereal lullabies to create this definitive edition which is remastered and includes five new tracks with repackaged design by Department EH. Unquestionably, the timing of this reissue could hardly be more significant, not only because of Rothko’s forthcoming new album on Trace Recordings but also the recent and sad decision for the band to cease live performance. Essential updates of any versions you may already have in your record collections and quite possibly the finest moment on Champion Version to date, ‘No Anchor No Chart No Rudder No Sails’ is one of the very best and most unique bass driven records of all time. Simply sublime for the entire duration, this is the soundtrack to the most wonderful dream you ever had.
Track(s): 1. No Anchor 2. Extract 3. Through Corridors 4. Spine
Edition: Limited to one copy per person/household
Released: 30 June 2019