Nurse With Wound
Homotopy to Marie


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
January 15th, 2013 | 18 replies | 2,230 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not for the faint of heart or those who like a safe listen, Nurse With Wound's true debut is a fascinating and terrifying listen.

Nurse With Wound started out as a full fledged band in 1978, proving to be weird straight from the start with Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella, being pioneers of the industrial scene, albeit much more avant-garde than those that came after. However, Steven Stapleton turned the band into a solo project in 1980, and asserts that Homotopy To Marie is the true Nurse With Wound debut. With his first album on his own, Steven Stapleton has created an album of “anti-music” that is a truly terrifying and strangely hypnotic listen.

Homotopy To Marie is not an album for the faint of heart. There is no traditional instrumentation almost at all, and there are long passages of minimalist creaking, water drops, gongs, and odd sampling (an English girl saying “I didn’t know anybody and there was a funny smell.”) As a result, the album is a bit of a struggle to listen to at first. “I Cannot Feel You As The Dogs Are Laughing And I Am Blind” is the most minimal of the five tracks, starting off with the sounds of metal dropping for about three minutes, before trailing off to very quiet sounds, until you hear a distorted voice wailing. It is a very unsettling listen, but one that pales in comparison to what the rest of the album has in store.

This album is more like a 70’s horror film on tape than anything else. It is so jarring and eerie that listening to it makes the listener feel like they are in the middle of a Dario Argento acid trip. The album is in a constant state of unsettling sounds, which arguably makes the album as interesting as it is. Listening to it while knowing everything that is coming ahead of time will take away from the experience. The fear of not being able to tell what Steven Stapleton is going to throw at you next makes for an edge of your seat listen.

The album is not without it’s faults, however. The first two tracks aren’t never at the level of the next two, with “Astral Dustbin Dirge” and “The Schmurz” dwarfing the first half of the album considerably. Also, the length mixed with the nature of the album makes for a daunting listen. The album is sixty-five minutes long, and with it being such a jarring listen, many less-adventurous listeners will not make it the whole way through.

Homotopy To Marie is a truly one of a kind listen, one that takes a certain kind of listener to get through. It will toss less open minded listeners to the wayside almost immediately, while rewarding the more patient with it’s eerie atmosphere and numerous twists and turns. If one is feeling adventurous, and can embrace the cinematic qualities contained within, then Homotopy to Marie can make for a truly rewarding experience.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was so not a fan of this at first, but after a while found myself really sucked in to the strangely cinematic nature of the album

slipnslide
January 15th 2013



2640 Comments


Dario Argento instant pos

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013



19450 Comments


Damn you're fast! Good review though pos from me. Im still listening to the menzingers debut.

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm either that good or that bad haha

I hope you're enjoying it Atari, can't wait for the review

WeepingBanana
January 15th 2013



10045 Comments


1 down, 40 to go

pos

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013



19450 Comments


oh i'm definitely enjoying it. I've heard some stuff by them before but not their debut.





GiaNXGX
January 15th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

awesome, you reviewed my album! Pos pos pos [;

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I said I'd review it, didn't I? Album surprised me a lot, took awhile to get into a mindset where I enjoyed it though

breakingthefragile
January 15th 2013



2943 Comments


Not for the faint of heart indeed. Glad to see this album got a review, and a well-written one at that. This guy is a pioneer and he should definitely get the attention that he deserves. Have a pos.

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GiaNXGX
January 15th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's hard to enjoy at first, mainly due to it's experimental nature & estrange atmosphere, but when you 'get it' ooooh man it's soooooo good. One of their bests. He's done some sick stuff with Tibet as well, tho.

Chortles
January 15th 2013



17907 Comments


good stuff, pos'd hard

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YankeeDudel
January 15th 2013



9305 Comments


yea

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Wizard
January 15th 2013



19210 Comments


Love this band. Props for reviewing this.

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013



16081 Comments


what i listened to was very much music that i will not be venturing further into, but at least you made it sound good!

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013



4380 Comments


Good review, man. I might look into this, just found a couple tracks on youtube and I've garnered more appreciation for experimental stuff so I'm interested to see where this goes. Anyway, POS'd.

foxblood
January 16th 2013



6797 Comments


i love Chance Meeting so i'd probably like this too

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013



19450 Comments


bullshit negs

BallsToTheWall
March 14th 2013



44164 Comments


Good review. Today is a NWW kinda day.



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