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Heather Leigh, Bruce Russell, Richard Youngs and more lined up for David Keenan's Alice Zinc label

As announced a few months ago, Wire writer David Keenan has a new label. It is called Alice Zinc and will be cassette only, releasing music representing what Keenan calls a "radically deconstructed tongue". There will be no digital releases, and each will be produced in an edition of 77, with risograph inserts and hand stamped credits.

The first release on the label is a solo guitar album by Heather Leigh called Me-Ba, and Keenan says that: "hearing this total rethink of the possibilities of the six string guitar, with no parallel in terms of what contemporary female instrumentalists are doing, is what inspired me to start a label". Other releases are confirmed from Bruce Russell of The Dead C, Borbetomagus's Donald Miller, an official release of one of Richard Youngs's Christmas albums, plus some as yet undisclosed reissues.

Details of the first release here.


Not being fresh, does her sound draw any comparisons to contemporary male instrumentalists?

Seriously, why would you even ask that?

Bummed to hear him use "female" as a modifier, otherwise excited about this whole thing

Perhaps the person asking would agree with me that it's quite hard to imagine a GOOD reason to qualify a guitarist's technique that way: Why would you even state "female"?

Heather is David's wife. Doesn't this suggest that his objectivity is somewhat compromised?

Everything is subjective. Besides, is he not supposed to champion a release on his label just because it's his wife? She was a well-known musician before marrying David, maybe her playing was part of the attraction, who knows? From what I can tell David has been a long-term supporter of all of the upcoming releases on his label that are mentioned above, guess he's supposed to downplay his opinions about those groups as well? But mate, you've really "exposed" him for liking stuff and having strong opinions about stuff he wants to put out on HIS OWN label!

And another thing!

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