“England my England / You flickering island of endlessness upon endlessness / A cold mist of your fibrous trolleys stifles the sun/ and the arrow aimed at your heart fidgets with smoky spasms”
Dolly (sometimes known as David Yates) is a Berkshire-based spoken-word artist, poet, events curator, radio playwright and belongs in the lineage of British surrealists. Antimacassar’s twisted insights were created via a process of cut-ups, automatic writing, and dream diaries channelling the skewed atmospherics of such luminaries as David Gascoyne and Roland Penrose after a collision with the Beats. At turns playful, darkly whimsical, disorientating and sharp Dolly Dolly’s words and voices destabilise familiar scenes into overcast alien shapes. Imagine if Tom Baker’s TARDIS became a Stone Tape jukebox… Aiding and abetting Dolly on this maiden voyage are some of the finest artists from the UK underground: Ekoplekz, Position Normal, Moon Wiring Club, Regal Worm (an offshoot of I Monster), Time Attendant, Steve Christie and Language, Timothy! Dolly Dolly recently featured in Mark Fisher and Justin Barton’s On Vanishing Land.
released May 14, 2015
Thank you to Jonny Mugwump, Nick Edwards, Steve Christie, Trac & Neil Pawley, Jarrod Gosling, Paul Snowdon, Chris Bailiff and Ian Hodgson.
Music on Wattle and Daub by POSITION NORMAL, Consangish by MOON WIRING CLUB, Warp by TIME ATTENDANT, Pearls by REGAL WORM, No Stars (Replekz) by EKOPLEKZ, Lace by STEVE CHRISTIE and sound design on Tiny Tide by LANGUAGE, TIMOTHY!. SICK contain elements from Walking Around by Pablo Neruda. Everything else by DOLLY DOLLY. Roy Evans recorded the vocals and the album was mastered by Brian Pyle. (2013)
Nowadays the BBC is misnamed - the only thing British about this global mega corporation is the license fee payers’ money that funds it. It’s also impossible to imagine this bougeois-Leftist & unimaginative organisation giving birth to anything as revolutionary as the Radiophonic Workshop.
TGoB seems to be channeling something of the Reithian spirit of the BBC of old. Like other hauntological works, it communicates the extent to which the Britain of the past really is another country. Private Diagonal