Actress ‎– R.I.P

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R.I.P. 1:16
Ascending 3:08
Holy Water 1:39
Marble Plexus 4:42
Uriel's Black Harp 2:27
Jardin 6:07
Serpent 3:56
Shadow From Tartarus 5:26
Tree Of Knowledge 4:09
Raven 5:04
Glint 0:37
Caves Of Paradise 4:15
The Lord's Graffiti 3:04
N.E.W. 5:24
IWAAD 5:41

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HJRLP60 Actress R.I.P(2xLP, Album) Honest Jon's Records HJRLP60 UK 2012 Sell This Version
HJRCD60 Actress R.I.P(15xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Honest Jon's Records HJRCD60 UK 2012
HJRCD60 Actress R.I.P(CD, Album) Honest Jon's Records HJRCD60 UK 2012 Sell This Version
50999 9 36325 2 7 Actress R.I.P.(CD, Album) Honest Jon's Records 50999 9 36325 2 7 US 2012 Sell This Version

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anemiac

anemiac

February 12, 2016
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60

Actress' masterpiece: "at least 10 words must be entered" - Discogs
MAWW

MAWW

July 31, 2014
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60

Hands down the best Actress album to date.
jmc

jmc

July 7, 2014
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60
don't stare too long at the space in the center (between the arm/body/rip head), especially during the last track
kkubik

kkubik

August 8, 2013
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60
I'm in love with this record. It's a notepad full of extremely creative shapes. A masterpiece made by an open minded, conscious architect.
fergus222

fergus222

May 12, 2013
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60

So it's been just over a year since i bought this last record store day and added the release to the discogs database. Now this album is something that i don't listen to particularly often, but when i do i find myself having to sit down and listen to it from start to finish, often smiling to myself once it has come to an end. To echo previous comments this is definitely a 'listening' album rather than an in-cohesive collection of songs or dj tracks - and a great listening experience at that.
steady-j

steady-j

May 5, 2013
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60

I found a second hand but mint copy of this in my local record shop. Not being familiar with Actress' other work, the one exception being the remix of Panda Bear in Bleep 100 of 2011, I passed it up a few times. But after reading these reviews here I decided it to pick it up and boy am I glad I did. If you take the recent "warehouse" sound where the left-fields of techno and UKG merged a couple of years back, then play through a lens of Basic Channel-esque treatment (fuzz and atmosphere, less is more, implied rather than explicit tempos) then maybe you get somewhere close to what is going on here. And anyone who likes Burial must hear "Caves of Paradise". thank you Actress, and thank you fellow Oggers.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

October 4, 2012
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60
Going into the new album by Actress with certain expectations is a mistake. After Darren J. Cunningham‘s release on Honest Jon’s Records, Splazsh (2010), one may be predisposed to want to hear even more experimental beats paired with, what the current music scene throws under an umbrella term, bass music. Instead, the mysteriously titled third full-length release, R.I.P, offers an almost beatless series of vignettes and possible studies of truly experimental nature. It’s as if Cunningham turned off the beats on purpose. But don’t misinterpret that last statement. The rhythm is still there, lurking just beneath the lo-fi subterranean grimy techno pulse. But the gaping dark hole left by the [seemingly] missing kick drum is sucking in all of the remaining sound, with a gated dynamic thump. The fifteen pieces on the album (ranging from 30+ seconds to 6 minutes in length) all carry a murky atmosphere of slowly molten rubber, as the lazily morphing samples drip and burn through the foundation of each track.

R.I.P is clearly a listening album. One in which you can lose yourself completely, among the psychedelic passageways and semi-liquid builds. The fabric of the structure breathes and sighs, gasping at the organic matter surrounding its boundaries. The induced experience has a potent opiate feel, as your mind struggles to stay focused on the imagined and reality. Inspired by John Milton‘s epic 17th century poem, ‘Paradise Lost’, concerning the story of the Fall of Man (you know, the one with Adam and Eve, the fallen angel Satan, and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden), Actress explores themes of life, death, and religion. These pseudo-concepts are probed through track titles like “Holy Water”, “Serpent”, “Tree of Knowledge”, “Caves Of Paradise” and “The Lord’s Graffiti”. But don’t let these prospects turn you off – if you’re religion-averse, forget about the titles and simply enjoy.

With R.I.P, Cunningham moves even further into the electronic experimental arena, dominated by the likes of sonic architects like Pan Sonic, Oval, Andy Stott, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Demdike Stare. I managed to miss Actress’ performance at MUTEK last year, so I’ll have to make up for my mistake in a few weeks, when he’ll be playing live at Decibel Festival‘s XLR8R Showcase on Friday night, along with Teengirl Fantasy, Gulls, and Shawn Reynaldo. Fans of “perpetually-in-flux-adroit-bass-music” will be delighted with this new direction in the world of post-Burial, post-Zomby, and post-Shed sound. For more experimental beats, be sure to pick up Actress’ debut, Hazyville (2008), released on his very own, Werk Discs.
OCCIDENTAL

OCCIDENTAL

September 11, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing R.I.P, 2xLP, Album, HJRLP60

R.I.P is fantastic. Honestly, without any standout "dj" tracks, I wasn't initially convinced I needed to own this.
But...
It's an amazing album. It's not just a collection of tracks. R.I.P is a cohesive flow of interesting musical ideas.
I wish the world could just slow the fuck down so we can enjoy this album for the next five years instead of just a few months. You know what I'm talking about. (Right?) There's so much music being released constantly now, it's more difficult to be intimate with select releases. Albums of R.I.P's caliber could make a bigger impression and influence more artists if there was more S P A C E available for its contemplation. I hope it stays in rotation and steadily builds an audience.
No traditional dj tracks on this one (except for "The Lord's Graffiti" and "IWAAD"?) but I'll be playing a few tracks out anyway since I play ambient synth tracks whenever the fuck I feel like it.
Another great release for 'adventurous' djs...!
Thank you for the HOT album, Cunningham.
tonumaa

tonumaa

June 7, 2012
referencing R.I.P, CD, Album, HJRCD60
yet another sick album from Actress, check out the final track "IWAAD" if you have time, you'll like that!
ruethewhirl

ruethewhirl

May 13, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing R.I.P, CD, Album, HJRCD60
This is an edit, an update of what i wrote when R.I.P was released, because then i didn't enjoy it, but now i have absolutely fallen for it. You can read the original bellow, so that the development of my ideas concerning the album can stay registred.

After an initial indifference towards R.I.P, i missed it.
Indeed, and i missed it because i really got hooked by its sound, even though it seemed to me there was something i could not understand, or could not grab. I now feel like this music doesn't evoke physical sensations on me. I mean, even the most cerebral electronic music like autechre can evoke physical sensastions, even though rarely, but R.I.P... it is completely weightless. There is no mass to it, nothing to grab or touch with your ears. It's the most abstract sound i have heard in recent years. There is where the value of it resides, for me.
Also i can't feel any colour in it. Feels like one of those old black and white pictures that were shot in a very bright day, and the sunlight was directly flooding into the machine's lens.
R.I.P might take a while to grow on the listener, like how it happened with me, even thought i think it was an exception, because this sound is immediately attractive, but then takes a long while to discover...

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Let me just start by saying that hype is a very bad phenomenon, which affects and is unfair for musicians worse than for listeners. Actress has been hyped up to tremendously high proportions, and i don't think that was good for him.
Before it was released, i read interviews where he talked about how the album would approach the theme of death, and all his ideas and unique view caught my attention. When it was released i listened to it a lot but, nothing really happened. Actress has achieved a very peculiar sound, and that's the only thing i like about this album, and that makes me return to it. Other than that, it is excessively smudged, to the point of losing the clarity of its intentions and ideas (if there are any). I get angry with this record, because it seems to me that he had pretty much everything to make it cohesive, solid, unique-sounding, organic, ethereal even, and then just wasted it.
Next time i hope things don't get that blurred and smudged, but instead feel a bit more controlled and directed.