Label: Marriage Records Release date: 12/10/10 Link: Official Site To better equip myself for this review, I drove 25 minutes to a secluded sea cliff where all I could hear was the ocean and breeze. As I write this I am seated in front of the Pacific Ocean, its waves gently carving out solemn CRT lines of foam before vanishing back to the watery aether. To equip you better, I include this photograph of my exact vantage point as I hand-write this. Photobucket With that done, I have decided to itemize what I believe to be the “best” and “worst” aspects of the White Rainbow/Stag Hare split 12”. The Good 1. White Rainbow is really on his A-game here, crafting an A-side (‘SHHOOOPEEY SHOOP MEGA TUFF HOUSE REMIX’) that manages to take the entire Tussle remix he did back on the last CD of BOX and his recent remixes and rhythmic material with his older ambient music and Stag Hare’s impressive (and highly understated) elements. 2. Stag Hare really shines on the B-side (‘DRIFTWOOD FRESH SWELLS SHELLS’), making a song that would fit well after the spectacle and beauty of Black Medicine Music and the improved overall fidelity and longform aspect of Sand Paintings 3. For an edition of 500 LP, it was nice of the label to send me a copy of the vinyl (and you should buy one - $12 nets you a hand screened and painted cover made from thrift store records!). 4. This sounds great on vinyl and is obviously designed for the medium, being two side-long songs. Digitally it fares well, mainly thanks to the original 21’00” version of ‘SHHOOOPEEY SHOOP’ and the lack of time to turn over the record. 5. Forkner manages to make everything sound beautiful, even when it’s a somewhat goofy house remix. 6. I want Stag Hare to finally make his Prism of Eternal Now, and this split shows he has it in him to finally make music that goes beyond his impressive discography. The Bad 1. The transitions utilized on Side A are far too jarring sometimes, going from merely being amusing to disappointing at times. 2. ‘DRIFTWOOD FRESH SWELLS SHELLS’ feels like it could have used the 18’00” allotted to the HOUSE REMIX instead of its 14’00” run time. Given how this seems to be culled from longer sessions, I can forgive this. 3. I want more than two long songs. 4. Seriously, can we get a four LP box set with like 8 songs? Or a digital only compilation of the unedited sessions and stems? This almost feels too short. All in all, a good display of what these two men are capable of in a collaborative setting. Marriage has yet to really let me down with a release, and both artists involved here sound as energetic and charged as they do on their best solo efforts. However, the inclusion of the remix version of a full song does make me dock a few points since I expected two songs like the B-side. Of course, I still listen to the remix just as often, so I will reinstate my original grade. It’s a rare occasion when I am actually truly pleased to be listening to something, a reaction I usually reserve for things that really turn my expectations on their ear. Instead, my expectations have been met and far surpassed – an event that is a greater cause for joy. Photobucket