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Welcome in a Picture - EP

by Neil Cousin/White Rabbit (2020)

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Characters from past songs kill each other off in a dream sequence Battle Royale style finale, as the universe implodes, and it all takes place in a memory of a picture of a face on the wall of a house in Wales.

This is a single piece of music made up of 5 sections:

1. Festival of Death
2. The Killing of Viola Damour pt.1
3. The Killing of Viola Damour pt.2
4. As The Universe Dies
5. Welcome in a Picture, Said the Devil

Recorded over 48 hours entirely onto 4-track cassette tape using a Tascam Porta07 tape recorder, apart from the field recording of outside noises which was recorded on a handheld digital recorder. Each section has been recorded onto tape and then edited together digitally to make one long piece of music.

The recordings were made on re-used cassette tapes from the 1990s which had been recorded over multiple times, which means there is hiss, crackles and wobbles on the tape. At one stage the vocals duck out for a second, this was due to an imperfection in the cassette tape.The whole recording is in mono because the 'pan' section of the 4-track recorder is broken. All the effects, including reverb were done on guitar pedals.

This recording is released under the name White Rabbit, the first under that name for several years. It's different from the more recent band recordings, so this makes sense. The cover is a photograph of a wire sculpture by Kyle Alden who I first met on the social media platform Myspace when the initial White Rabbit recordings were released, and who I have corresponded with ever since.

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released June 5, 2020
Recorded by Neil Cousin in 2019 on Tascam 4 track.

Thanks to Isi Clarke at Grange Farm Studio for endless encouragement and loan of an AKG C414 microphone.

Cover image is a photograph of a wire sculpture by Kyle Alden.

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Neil Cousin and the Julia Sounds UK

Songs about nothing, stream of consciousness anecdotes and unreliable testimonies to events that never happened.

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