Map references that don’t lead anywhere. “Starfish stories, cybernetics, randomised control trials, the private language argument.” Leslie Winer’s spoken-word waterfalls are a conscious, unconscious, intuitive and informed ordering of lyrical touchstones. Reprinted on the inner sleeves and layered over Jay Glass Dubs’ darkest, dubbest, most urgent scattershot riddims.
The unyielding elegance of YMFEES was built up over email. Jay would send primal skeletal beats that Leslie would return with new text and vocal responses overdubbed. Answer tracks. All orchestration and production was finalized in Jay’s Athens studio in the first months of 2017, after extensive sessions at a small cottage on the Ionian Sea. For Jay Glass Dubs, Leslie Winer’s voice and words worked as a compass to evolve a sound far beyond his initial ferric offerings.
The request-response approach that helped shape YMFEES sonically extends to artist Iris Touliatou’s concretely sensual arrangement for the album’s artwork — illustrating the hypertextual content within an equally hypertextual context.
Winer has written and co-written songs for more popular artists (Sinead O’Connor and Grace Jones), collaborated with other outsider artists (C M von Hausswolff, Jon Hassell, Christopher Chaplin, Karl Bonnie) and continues to write, record her own music and live in France. She is also acting co-literary executor for the estate of Beat writer Herbert Huncke.
Athens GR based Jay Glass Dubs, along with Seekersinternational defines the core sound of Bokeh Versions. This is his first vinyl release of fresh material after a 2LP retrospective, ‘Dubs‘, on Not Waving’s Ecstatic Recordings, - his 4th outing for Bokeh overall.
“People differ in an absolutely general way.”
released January 19, 2018
Artwork by Iris Touliatou
Vocals and lyrics by Leslie Winer
Production by Jay Glass Dubs