ONE STRAY COPY
When Adelaide enigma Rites Wild aka Stacey Wilson first came to L.A. her show got busted by cops before she even played. Even so, her self-released EPs of shadow-pop dirge had us on board for a full-length. Ways Of Being collects the blackest pearls from three limited cassingles (released via her defunct Faux Friends label) plus a handful of previously unreleased cuts for an ideal spelunk into RW’s memory-haunted waters. Layering dusty church organ rhythms with grey-crystal keyboard loops, spectral grit, and monotonal vox, WOB rides the ridge between ritualistic raga and subterranean songcraft in mesmerizing fashion. Black vinyl LPs in jackets designed by S. Wilson. Mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.