"Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini" has held its place as the official "sleeper" SC3 record. A recent bandcamp development holds "soundtrack for a non-existent film" as a recognized genre, and we hope this record will emerge a little from the shadows -- the long exile to the realm where merits alone carry a record through successive dark ages of niche interest opening it to a world more prepared for such things. When this record came out, nearly a decade ago in 2009, the idea and format was unfamiliar. Some eagerly embraced the idea as it answered to an inborn craving to the more film-obsessed types. While the naysayers considered it a bit obscure or even "gimmicky," we stand by this one today just the same as the day it came out.
THE FILM IS IMAGINED, BUT THE HORROR IS REAL
Bits from the original press release:
Secret Chiefs 3 (operating here as Traditionalists, one of the seven satellite bands introduced on their Book of Horizons album) present an elaborate "colonna sonora paranoica." These are original compositions that were dreamt up in the harmonic language of the Giallo Horror Film Soundtrack — a particular subgenre of B-movie with remarkable scores by Italian masters such as Bruna Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone, Goblin, Pierro Piccioni, etc.
Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini employs a full orchestral score that capitalizes on the Chiefs' stock manpower (Trey Spruance, Ches Smith, Timba Harris, Shahzad Ismaily, William Winant, etc.) and adds to it a cast of brilliant hired musicians. Dissonant, violent strings recede into beautiful textures with flute and female vocals through echoplex; analog synthesizers, harpsichords, and celestas hover above a tight, '70s-style rock band rhythm section; crazed psychedelic freakouts payoff majorly; church organs grant repose, until tape treatments and a shrieking chorus of possessed voices force the listener to reconsider his or her position on the existence of Evil. The entire project, as one might expect from this band, is a spiraling allegory that extends itself well-beyond the faux-film soundtrack starting-point.
The LP (in both an American and European pressing) is long gone, and even the CD has gone out of print! At this point Bandcamp is the only place you can get this one. Download comes with artwork, and, having never really elaborated what is going on with this record, we may be adding more art/story elements of this one over time to it (which Bandcamp "Le Mani" buyers would always have access to)... if artwork concepts are added later, we'll be sure to notify current buyers when that happens.
released June 9, 2009
The Severed Right Hands of the Last Man
Composed and Produced by Trey Spruance
Trey Spruance – add'l B3 and other Conn and Hammond Organs, Piano, Bass, Guitars, Carillon, Celesta, Synthesizer (Chroma Polaris, Jupiter 6, Polysix), add'l Percussion, Dulcimer, Electroacoustic Treatments
William Winant – Vibes, Percussion
Jai Young Kim – Hammond B3 Organ
Drums & Bass on 03, 23, 29 by Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily
Laurie Goldstein – Cellos
Timb Harris – Violins, Violas
Dave Abramson – Drums
Hans Teuber – Flute
Jason Schimmel – Fuzz Guitar
KT Pierce, Jason Schimmel, Kris Hendrickson, Trey Spruance – Vocals
Kris Hendrickson – Autoharp
Recorded at Forking Paths Studio by Trey Spruance
William Winant and Kris Hendrickson recorded at Lucky Cat Studio
KT Pierce and Jason Schimmel recorded at Rusty Shack Studio
Jai Young Kim recorded at Radical House
Laurie Goldstein, Hans Teuber and Dave Abramson, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily recorded by Randall Dunn at Aleph Studio and Hyde Street Studio
Harpsichord recorded at George Smith's
Mixed to 1/2 tape at Lucky Cat Studio by Trey Spruance, mightily assisted by Kurt Shlegel
Art Direction and Concept: Trey Spruance
Illustrations and Layout: butcherBaker
Thanks to: Sada Ranis, Pete & Nancy Spruance, the Nuku, Gabriella Garvalho, Karna Allen-Bennewitz, Loraine Saxe, and George Smith