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First Aid For The Drowning

by Matthew The Oxx

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'First Aid For The Drowning' is pasted to a plaque held by a character on the banks of the Seine in Paris at the beginning of Balzac's great work 'The Wild Ass's Skin'.

Balzac's story is one of a man who goes to the greatest imaginable lengths to avoid death, not before he has considered instigating his own.

In this album are compositions concerning death, peering in from some of the perspectives I've known so far. It might be an oxymoron but a life spent considering death can be a life well lived, death's scrutiny always seems to bring me back into the present.

Our ideas about death are probably just that: suggestions. If so, death is a concept wide open to interpretation. If it's from one life to another, from this world to the next, or simply into the blue; life is moment to moment, a bridging from one experience into the next.

All appears to me to be in an uninterrupted state of metamorphosis, a condition of growth and change that transcends relativity.

I have tried in earnest to instil into these songs the sad, the angry, the afraid, excited and the curious. They have come from those heavy, fiery and frayed places we all know so well.

'First Aid For The Drowning' is a human attempt to observe and express the sense that in all of this we are eternally passing by...


released May 11, 2015

(p) and (c) Wild Sound Recordings 2015 under exclusive license from Matthew The Oxx. All rights of the producers and of the owners of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.



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Wild Sound is a record label which distributes and licenses songs and instrumental tracks of acoustic folk roots artists. Founded in 2012 by Polly Paulusma after leaving One Little Indian, it now works with other artists. “Wild sound”, aka “wild track”, is the recording a sound engineer makes of air moving in an environment to be used in a mix. It captures the sound a place makes just by being. ... more

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