Title: The Cataleptic EP
Format: 12" single
Label: Emissions Audio Output
Catalogue Number: PT022
Year of Release: 1995
A1 I See You
A2 How They Laughed As The Flies Landed
B1 The Return Of Pliskin
B2 Inhuman Dynamo
Anybody coming to Two Lone Swordsmen through their more recent work might wonder, with some justification, what all the fuss is about. The listener needs to go back in time though, to the break-up of the astonishingly good Sabres of Paradise, and Andy Weatherall's chutzpaoic decision to launch not one new record label, not two new records labels, but three. And no one batted an eyelid.
This EP was the fifth release under the new Emissions Audio Output banner, on the Static sub-label, which was the one intended for more experimental releases. All four tracks are decent enough ambient-dance type things. I See You has quite an annoying high-pitched oscillation running through it, the rest have no such distinguishing features. Drums are well enough programmed, but with little variation, and the same could be said the for old synths that burble away in the background.
Catalepsy, incidentally, is a pathological condition of the nervous system , characterised by muscle rigidity and lack of response to external stimuli. A few of Edgar Allen Poe's characters suffered from it, as I think did K-PAX. The only track which I think could be said to bear a resemblance, or be an audio attempt to recreate the feeling of catalepsy, is the panicky-paced Inhuman Dynamo.
Paul Bishop himself I know nothing about.