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I Cannot Feel You As The Dogs Are Laughing And I Am Blind10:02
Homotopy To Marie16:43
The Schmürz (Unsullied By Suckling)23:50
The Tumultuous Upsurge (Of Lasting Hatred)1:23

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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1982, VinylHomotopy To Marie
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    United Dairies – UD 013, United Dairies – U.D. 013UK1982UK1982
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1982, VinylHomotopy To Marie
    LP, Album
    United Dairies – UD 013, United Dairies – U.D. 013UK1982UK1982
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1985-05-03, VinylHomotopy To Marie
    LP, Reissue, Test Pressing
    United Dairies – UD 013UK1985UK1985
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1987, CassetteHomotopy To Marie
    Cassette, Album, Reissue
    United Dairies – UDT13, RRRecords – UDT13US1987US1987
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1987, CassetteHomotopy To Marie
    Cassette, Album, Reissue
    United Dairies – UDT13UK1987UK1987
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1992, CDHomotopy To Marie
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    United Dairies – UD013CD, United Dairies – UD 013 cdUK1992UK1992
    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1992, CDHomotopy To Marie
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    United Dairies – UD013CD, United Dairies – UD013, United Dairies – UD 013 cdUK1992UK1992
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 1994, CDHomotopy To Marie
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    United Dairies – UD013CD, United Dairies – UD 013 cdUK1994UK1994
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 2007, CDHomotopy To Marie
    CD, Album, Remastered, Digipak
    United Jnana – 366, United Jnana – UJ 366USA, Canada & Europe2007USA, Canada & Europe2007
    Cover of Гомотопия Мари, 2007, CDГомотопия Мари
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Durtro – DSM 5003-07, Jnana Records – UNITED JNANA 366Russia & CIS2007Russia & CIS2007
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 2012-04-27, FileHomotopy To Marie
    5×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps
    Not On Label (Nurse With Wound Self-released) – noneCanada2012Canada2012
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie , 2018-07-17, VinylHomotopy To Marie
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    Rotorelief – ROTOR0070France2018France2018
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 2018-07-18, VinylHomotopy To Marie
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    Rotorelief – ROTOR 0070France2018France2018
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 2018-07-14, VinylHomotopy To Marie
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    Rotorelief – ROTOR0070France2018France2018
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie , 2018-11-09, Box SetHomotopy To Marie
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    Rotorelief – ROTOR0070 CDBOOKFrance2018France2018
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 2018, VinylHomotopy To Marie
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    Rotorelief – ROTOR0070France2018France2018
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, 2020, VinylHomotopy To Marie
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    Rotorelief – ROTOR 0070France2020France2020
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    Cover of Homotopy To Marie, , CDHomotopy To Marie
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    United Dairies – UD013CD, United Dairies – UD 013 cdUKUK
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    • mhnien's avatar
      mhnien
      The vinyl feels gritty, but plays great. Excellent package overall. This is prime NWW.
      • AlRog's avatar
        AlRog
        Here's a good rule of thumb I use when judging the merits of art:
        If it's something I could do, it's probably not very good.
        • matthewdake's avatar
          matthewdake
          Great pressing. Note: the end of side A is notoriously hard to track, so make sure your turntable is set up properly. It *will* make your needle jump.
          • GoatMagick's avatar
            GoatMagick
            My copy of this CD has an alternate matrix runout (UD013CD 10176411 02 &) but appears to be identical to this release otherwise. It also has the World Serpent Distribution insert, indicating that this release is from 1994
            • mmudskipper's avatar
              mmudskipper
              Edited 4 years ago
              Unbelievably good pressing, with unbelievably good art. Proof that even tiny labels can press and package releases better than you could ever hope any hyped up deluxe set from a major to be. Thanks for the extra disk, too. The phenomenal "Astral" might be the best cut on this thing and you get voice from King Crimson's David Cross on the Twilight-Zone-esque "Dominant."
              • GregorHz's avatar
                GregorHz
                This is a bit of a letdown, and an over-packaged one at that. "Astral Dustbin" could have easily fit on disc 1 (as it did on the previous CD edition), and the 3 "bonus" tracks on disc 2 all appear on Automating Vol. 1. There is the book of artwork, true, but it doesn't compensate for the opportunities not taken (e.g., filling disc 2 with some of the compilation tracks from the period that still haven't been reissued).

                Not quite as ecologically irresponsible as the deluxe boxed edition of Images/Zero Mix, but close.
                • shade1on1's avatar
                  shade1on1
                  Just got this. Pressing 295 out of 700. Excellent pressing and love the swirl.
                  • FemmaGenton's avatar
                    FemmaGenton
                    Agreed - the quality and effort put into this and the Spiral Insana releases are incredible, and I hope the label continue with similar NWW releases. All there really needs to be is a notice on the website saying "this is a one man label, please wait up to three weeks for shipment" or something so people know to expect a delay. I had to threaten a PayPal claim before I could even get a response from them...
                    • FemmaGenton's avatar
                      FemmaGenton
                      After the loss of John Fothergill and Heman Pathak, and a couple of less-than-satisfying collaborative albums with Foetus and Whitehouse, Steven Stapleton finally found the much-needed confidence to strike out on his own and make what he now considers the first Nurse With Wound album. Spending the best part of a year's worth of Friday evenings in London's IPS Studios, Stapleton, with occasional help from friends, slowly but surely pieced together one of the most strikingly original and utterly disturbing albums in avant-garde music.

                      Although NWW's ties to noise are sometimes overstated, when Stapleton uses it, he does it well. Opening track, the wonderfully titled 'I Cannot Feel You as the Dogs are Laughing and I am Blind', bursts from the speakers with a metallic scraping that cuts to the bone. The sound is at once painful yet strangely satisfying: it's almost possible to feel the texture from the sound alone. This gradually fades into a cacophony of human voices: groaning, moaning, humming, mumbling, wailing. Occasionally a voice shouts or screams out of nowhere, providing the listener with a well-timed shock. For every loud, surreal, or even amusing moment (one man shouts in tongues; the piece closes with some very wet lip smacking), there is a silence elsewhere. Despite multiple listens, it is still difficult to know exactly what is coming next, and the silences keep things tense.

                      The title track plays further with silence, being large built around ringing metallic percussion. Unlike earlier NWW albums, where percussion was randomly banged, here the main focus is on a cymbal which is used to create a striking range of textures, from light tinkling to loud crashing, and long, meditative drones. The sound frequently disappears out of hearing range, emphasising the track's sense of space. The cymbal is joined by two sampled narrators: a small girl ("I didn't know anybody, and there was a funny smell!") and a stern woman ("Don't be naive, darling!"), who keep things from ever becoming too serene. Their strangely placed words bring a real sense of dread to what is already a fertile atmosphere. The noisy climax is perhaps a tad predictable, but forgivable for the unexpected music box outro.

                      'Astral Dustin Dirge' - initially relegated to the offcuts album Drunk With the Old Man of the Mountains, due to time restrictions, but thankfully restored on most later issues - is the first Nurse With Wound track to really show off Stapleton's growing skills with tape manipulation. The creeping atmosphere and disembodied voices of the previous two tracks are present, but here find themselves warped, chopped and manipulated beyond recognition. A strange background drone will be interrupted by an unidentified tapping, which only existed to herald an onslaught of human voices that sound as if they have been reversed so many times they've begun to fold in on themselves. The structure is looser than the preceding tracks, but despite the seemingly random placement of sounds, everything has a strange perverse logic. And lest things become too sinister, Stapleton doesn't forget that surrealism frequently involves humour: the jump-cuts of the climax feature daft cartoon sounds and, for the first time, a snippet of easy listening music.

                      'The Schmürz (Unsullied by Suckling)', taking up the bulk of the album's original second side, acts a template for a number of future Nurse With Wound tracks (the likes of 'Colder Still' and 'The Penis Fruit Loop' are all born in these 24 minutes). The most incredible piece of tape editing on the album, 'The Schmürz' takes everything heard previously and intensifies it dramatically. From the hypnotic loops of chanting voices and ringing cymbals that open the piece, through the feedback and choral music montage that follows, to the layers of female voices urgently pleading in various languages, to the duet for horrible piano and whistling, through to the slice of lifted jaunty brass band music that closes the track, this multi-part suite takes just about everything Stapleton had previously attempted on this album, and his earlier solo tracks on Merzbild Schwet and Insect..., and perfects them. An exceptional piece of musique concrete that manages to be noisy and serene, terrifying and utterly hilarious, sometimes all at the same time. Not a second is out of place during the entire piece's runtime. A minute and a half of laughter closes the album, under the title 'The Tumultuous Upsurge (of Lasting Hatred)', as a last reminder that Stapleton is having a lot of fun here.

                      After a string of interesting but flawed early records, Homotopy to Marie is the album where Stapleton finally hits gold. The album is probably his most singular masterpiece, both a perfect starting point for new Nurse With Wound listeners, and a superb avant-garde album in its own right. Five stars.
                      • VladdyPants's avatar
                        VladdyPants
                        Edited 5 years ago
                        It was definitely worth the wait! Put together very well and definitely one of NWW's finest releases!!

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