Continuing in the vein of earlier Dixie’s Death Pool releases, "The Man With Flowering Hands" is an incredibly detailed and immersive sonic journey, twisting like a David Lynch soundtrack, or the more experimental moments of Tom Waits' Bone Machine. Opening with the intimate and epic splendour of "Sunlight Is Collecting On My Face", the album immediately engulfs the listener in a swirling fizz of stratospheric synthesizers, electronics, bells, harp, violin, piano, organ, and xylophone. This painterly orchestration is wrapped around the simple hazy strum of an acoustic guitar, brushed drums and upright bass.
released November 22, 2011
Dixie's Death Pool albums are not the product of a band so much as that of a producer, orchestrating and configuring an ever changing cast of musicians. While the music is for the most part written, recorded, and mixed by Lee Hutzulak in his Vancouver home studio, "The Man With Flowering Hands" features creatively vital contributions from: Meredith Bates, Frederick Brummer, Toby Carroll, Coat Cooke, Katie Dey, Lief Hall, Madoka Hara, Todd Hutzulak, Shane Krause, Stephen Lyons (Fond of Tigers), John Mutter, Michael Priebe, Igor Santizo, Russell Sholberg, Kim Stewart, and Rachael Wadham. With the exception of a few songs the music was completely improvised and recorded in the moment. Over the course of a few years the full scope of the album was realized through a process of asking "what if" a lot, and experimenting with overdubbing, mixing, remixing, recording and rerecording. Session by session the images begin to form. Traditional instruments, electronic noise, malfunctioning gear, homemade percussion, repurposed junk, foley sounds and field recordings are all seamlessly woven into a fully rendered, utterly unique fantasy world. At the very core of this is an acoustic guitar and a songbook that sings like a cinematic, surreal vision of the Gothic Western.