Attend

by Feeding Fingers

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Dawn Marie | Strawberry Tongue Radio & Music Beautifully somber and texturally dense, Justin Curfman's fifth release for Feeding Fingers is an opus to musical exploration and artistic freedom. He creates glimmering and darkly-tinged tales that weave together in a lovely web of songs of grief, loss, despair, loneliness and anger. This album has quickly become one of my go-to listens. Favorite track: Where All of These Towns and Choices End.
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okkibox It's always nice to immerse oneself into the beautiful deep dark sound of the early eighties. However, Justin Curfman is not afraid to use experimental and unusual musical instruments and resources. This makes "Attend" so very diverse and that's why it has so much more to offer than the usual gloomy post-punk sound. "Attend" has become a strikingly attractive and adventurous ride through Curfman's bizarre musical landscape. Favorite track: Where All of These Towns and Choices End.
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about

While embarking on a seven-and-a-half-week tour of Europe in support of their 2013 album, The Occupant, Feeding Fingers found itself at an impasse. Justin Curfman’s private life in Germany had become stressful, a vortex of negativity that he realized he would need to change in order to move forward in a healthy way. He decided to reach out to his producers in an effort to, essentially, save his life and the life of his musical project. Becoming a full-time artist was a daunting and risky venture, but Curfman was determined to see it through – this, after all, was what he was meant to do – and his producers, Jim "Coyote J." Battan and Dana Culling, were willing to help him get to where he needed to be, both financially and emotionally.

In March and April of 2014, as the band traveled throughout Europe playing shows in support of The Occupant, Curfman’s mind was on a future project – one which he had been longing to bring to fruition since he was just a boy living in Atlanta, long before Feeding Fingers even existed. Returning to Germany from the UK at the end of the tour, he set to the arduous task of researching musicology, music history, and theory which he would use, in broad strokes at first, to craft the foundation for what would eventually become Attend. Studying, reading, and working with music students from various disciplines in Salzburg, Austria, Curfman spent the rest of the spring of 2014 immersed in the realm of ideas. His mental workout continued on into June, as Attend was born, and Curfman began to write, fueled by his generativity and desire to inspire others.

Taking inspiration from his studies, his past, and his personal struggles dealing with private turmoil and full immersion into European culture, Curfman began to compose music for the first series of songs for the album throughout the summer and early autumn months of 2014. A simple piano melody, recorded played on a kalimba and embellished with lush guitar, bass, piano, and soaring percussion would, by the second week of October, 2014, become the finished music for what would become Attend’s first single – “Your Candied Laughter Crawls”.

November took Curfman to Italy, where he would record the vocals for this and several other songs he had completed in the interim at The Jack Studio in Naples. While there, he would work closely with violinist Marica Filomena Coppola, who would provide a stirring solo for “The Firstborn Stands Sedated”. Curfman spent three weeks in Italy, working in the studio and recording pieces of video and taking photographs for the video for “Your Candied Laughter Crawls”, on which he would collaborate with artist and animator Steven Lapcevic (USA) throughout the following few months.

"Your Candied Laughter Crawls” was released as a digital single, with an accompanying vox-kalimba B-side version and Lapcevic’s music video, in January of 2015. It was well received, finding play on several podcasts and internet radio sites throughout Europe and the USA and with generally positive critical reviews. Encouraged, Curfman continued to write and record music, building his collection of new songs. By March, 2015, he had amassed fourteen tracks for this monolithic record – but he was just over halfway to his goal.

“Polaroid Papercuts”, a track Curfman had been working on since early autumn of 2014, was released as Attend’s second single in March of 2015. Featuring guitar work by Martin Bradley of The Death Notes (UK), it proved a more straightforward track in the Feeding Fingers sound. Taking footage from the 2014 Occupant tour, mixing in little personal moments here and there and applying a “home movie” overlay, Film Bizarro director Ronny Carlsson (Sweden) created a video for the single which would showcase a more intimate side of Feeding Fingers – a tack that the band had previously not explored in their videos.

Throughout spring and summer of 2015, Curfman would find himself reaching out to all corners of the globe for musical inspiration and would begin collaborating with several guest musicians from many different styles of music. Never satisfied to remain squarely in the camp of any one genre, Curfman wanted to expand the Feeding Fingers universe to include sounds from as many different kinds of instruments as he could manage – from Indian and Chinese instruments to Wendy Carlos’s Alpha Scale, Ivan Alexandrovich Wyschnegradsky's quarter-tone piano and beyond, Attend is the result of a fully new tradition marrying the common themes of Feeding Fingers’ core sounds with international appeal. An experimental track played completely on glass, a song composed entirely for analog synthesis instrumentation, a track featuring a toy piano, even spoken word and completely atonal melodies – Attend is truly a mixture of modes and methods, knotted together in the sensibilities of its brilliant composer.

Twenty-five tracks were completed for Attend in total, featuring such diverse guest musicians as pianist Shoko Nagai (Japan), erhu virtuoso Chuan Qin (China), saxophonist Ned Rothenberg (USA), pipa soloist Zhuxi Wang (China) and cellist Maja Backovic (Serbia), who also appeared on The Occupant.

In autumn of 2015, it was picked up for release by Sounds For Sure Records (The Netherlands). A limited run of 250 hand-numbered, transparent-vinyl triple-LP sets were prepared for initial release alongside the digital and double-CD release on Tephramedia (Germany / USA).

February 5, 2016 saw the release of the lead promotional single in support of 'Attend' titled, "Where All of These Towns and Choices End" with accompanying music video from director and long-time friend and collaborator, Tom Brown (UK).

'Attend' was then released, officially, worldwide on February 9, 2016.

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credits

released February 9, 2016

All songs composed, written, performed and engineered by Justin Curfman.

Guests (in order of appearance):

*Chuan Qin - Erhu - "Ashes Displayed in Zoos"
*Gio - Italian Text & Voice - "Attend"
*Martin Bradley - Textural Guitar - "Polaroid Papercuts"
*Dana Culling - Spoken Text & Voice - "The Smiling Dumb & Serious"
*Shoko Nagai - Piano, Accordion, Moogerfooger - "Survive Bliss"
*Ned Rothenberg - Saxophones - "And Crayon Toxic Twins"
*GenCar & Noi - Inspiration & Consult - "Did My Absence Follow Me"
*Zhuxi Wang - Pipa - "The Last Bruise I Harvest Here"
*Marica Filomena Coppola - Violin - "The Firstborn Stands Sedated"
*Maja Backovic - Cello - "The Firstborn Stands Sedated"

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Feeding Fingers

Formed in 2006 by artist Justin Curfman, Feeding Fingers began as an American post-punk trio & has since evolved into an internationally connected project with intermittent members from the USA, Germany, Austria, & Italy. Feeding Fingers has toured N. America & Europe since 2006 with IAMX, David J. (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Nitzer Ebb & others, including two appearances on National Public Radio. ... more

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Track Name: Your Candied Laughter Crawls
"Your Candied Laughter Crawls"

I bathe my mind in the forgotten lives
Of haunted names
Because your secrets sleep deep
In your open mouth
Where Parasites dream
Ashamed and bulimic
Candied laughter crawls
Through the stains that you leave
And feed the ghosts in my sheets
Another family called

And sent here to hush me
I could never sing well in pairs
And I know it shouldn't touch me
To be tethered to musical chairs

And you were sent here to hush me
I could never sleep well in pairs
And I know it shouldn't touch me
To be tethered to musical chairs
Track Name: Ashes Displayed in Zoos
"Ashes Displayed in Zoos"

A stomach blind and explored
Beyond trees, pet-shops
And in morgues I wait
War aches less than parting ways
But some kiss divine
And ignored

In folds powdered white
Electric skin lines my
Cabinets of shame
Where I keep my fists
And names

One thousand birds muzzled breathe
In flames
Ashes displayed in zoos
Your life, it drip dries
Into my eyes
And then
You're
Mine
Track Name: Perfumed Truth
"Perfumed Truth"

Perfumed truth, lithium gauze
Translating paralyzed to imitate us
Distilled hard candy
The callow plenty used for
Vaccinations

A crown of spliced tape unwound
Ignites my eyes
Distending Vows bright like
Radium stars

Costumed nude carrion thought
Dilating concubines write, “Thallium dissolves you.”
Throats filled
Wry, alient gods
Amatory knives like
Conjugal darkrooms
And
I
Don't
Glow
There
Anymore
Track Name: Barbed Wire Threads the Sun
"Barbed Wire Threads the Sun"

You begged yourself to
Swallow
Your own tongue
Before a mirror
Choir housed where
Barbed wire threads the sun

I nailed myself to
A loss
Night childhood games
A soft-spoken, “start...”
Smiles sharp
Bright
Anonymous
Neon
Pain

Have I
Been mis-placed
A life
My shadow waves
Goodbye
Track Name: A Sleeping Centipede Presence
"A Sleeping Centipede Presence"

A sleeping centipede presence
Chemically now
Appears atoned, bereft and alone allied
To deprive the lust of
A cannibal midwife

Penned ivory crossed ignites
Found in knots
Like tails on kites
An inheritance of loss from leeches to guide my heart

Time

Pairing glans pry and ache
Life seething there
A birth like births allowed
In you
Things that carry on
Amended clean with heat and bridal bands

Your tongue still sweet vacates, arrives
Monotone
But happier untied
Track Name: Attend
"Attend"

Alluvium
Peaks my Eden
“Come down...
Attend...”
Touch alluring
In this field
Of
Sores

My thinning
Quarry of
Dreams
Septic between resigned doorways and knots
Figurines
In odeums
Quarantined
Lead butterflies to bleach and jaws

Revivified limbs pinned
To inflatable walls
Ghostwrite amends and play musical saws
Track Name: All in Full Bloom Smeared
"All in Full Bloom Smeared"

Complacent now
You erode like lust when wed
Prim intentions like cysts grown from pity
All in full bloom smeared
A gift to share with no one alive

By order disordered
A garden of need
By order disordered
My organs to feed
By order disordered
The hardest to keep in order with borders
Are closest to me

Sewn tight
Amputees filled with charms
Evasive in curated streets of sound

Trees lean upholstered
Dismembered mimes sing out loud
We drink the water
"May I kill you?", asks my house
Track Name: Through Marrow Always
"Through Marrow Always"

Superimposed snow-globes
You shook
Not advisable
Infected with lice Ripe
Their screams
Chew through marrow always
And captured on a phonograph
We should play every Christmas Day
And backward that same phonograph
Could play “Happy Birthday”

Excused, lost seen as less than
The host
Of a fetal star
Cooling and Still useless
Censored, cocooned light
Warning scars
Bruising my tongue
And not without cause And not without flaws
A fevered, consumed life

Mute
Pull back the curtains
We've examined her Humbly
The inaccessible touched
Her fruitless pleads Repeating
Urine, her consent to us
A simple breach
But deeply
Track Name: Abrasive Remains Lubricate Me
"Abrasive Remains Lubricate Me"

Withhold and revise
Abrasive remains lubricate me
Appear across knees and cry

Conceived and resigned
Adhesion creates
Surrogates grieve a loss
Unknowing inside

An allied noose gropes sore-eyed
Toward lives
Expired plowed
Worm-speared
In the idiot sun

Diffused over ice
And breeding with
Intention to die

The sedate and permissible mined
Excretion sustained
Both belong here and
In the way
Track Name: Polaroid Papercuts
"Polaroid Papercuts"

A room With needs
Tight breathing walls And near
My life within And without
An animal breathes
In dust, In fear
A calculated loss of leaves and Years

Halls of meat and light
And feral, teething saints
And coiling lovers
Chaste Raped One

Removed White seeds
Phantom winter sounds
From here
Polaroid papercuts
Skin peeling Clear

An animal breeds
In dust In fear
A calculated loss of leaves and Tears
Track Name: At Play with Wasps
"At Play With Wasps"

At play With wasps
And absent figurines
In bed with my hear beating backward
A tone Echoes Disease
Mechanical seeds Rewind and restart
Serrated, stone-eating smiles
With darts Sweetened Depart

Awake Drone
Eleven nights shy and apart
Became notes For ears
Clipped , eaten and mourned

A closet of doves And Ill
Weeping glue on the inside

She drinks chrome
I blink and doubt pairs me with sound and with days gone
Alone, divided, aloud
A game with soft and absent memories
In lead with my lungs breathing backward
A stone
Bellows and steam
Track Name: The Smiling Dumb and Serious
"The Smiling Dumb and Serious"

Like violence in the shape
Of real things
Stare at someone unfamiliar
"Side by side" write little girls
My silence fills the space
For real things
Chairs for anyone immaterial
And upright like crippled worlds
The smiling, dumb and serious
Shake like broken plans
In the cold, bright and interior
Place of open dams

In corners
We hide, hollowed
From our cores
From sockets
From fossae
Peeled and torn
In corners
Imagined
Without mouths,
Created
Eyeless instead,
Ethereal, blinded
In corners
With sisters
Doubled back
Unloved
Inspired
Hollowed
From our cores
Peeled and torn
Welted and worn
A figure
Waits in corners
In sockets
In circular mouths
Toothed, ragged
Bitten and holy
Spiraled,
Fretful
Fearing
Sweltered and sweet
A tune
Of mayhem
And mired
Ministries
Without mercy,
Without grace
Swirls through
Madness we catch
In jars
To savor
To cherish
In corners
In sockets
Track Name: Survive Bliss
"Survive Bliss"

An agreement
Survive bliss
Eat my
Secrets
Pray too
Why
Ask a question tender
Changing minds
I remember
Dreaming loudest
Always of two
Penknives drip like thoughts of
You
Why
Ask a question tender
Velveteen white flammable screws
Awe-less my whole life through
Penknives drip like thought of
You
Track Name: And Crayon Toxic Twins
"And Crayon Toxic Twins"

Obsidian Daylight rush within
Like wire Like aging seas Adopted ends
Wives abort shy devotion
Adhesive plaster skies
In fire write, “Hate me?”
Diseased, appointed friends
And I say, “Yes!”
And, “No!”

One
Thrilled grey tonight
Hesitant machines Clear ache inside
Celibate, bright needles say, “Invite Skeletons Here.”

Tailored silences
And crayon toxic twins
Admired White cagelings
Deceased, translucent, skinned
Wives abort shy devotion
Adhesive, plaster skies
In fire write, “Blame me?”
And I say, “No.”
Track Name: In Liquid Summer Schools
"In Liquid Summer Schools"

She coughs a spelling bee up
Life phones in
Pupils vent
Ladders where they are not allowed
And sleeping is excused
Disowned bodies angered forget to shout, “Leave!”
Dust here makes a promise
Sneeze

Hives
Curious duties
Fettered punch-cards
Trap-door sweetness
Contagious
Snowmen bruised
Transceivers of warmth
Until names
Take shape and
Exchange

I've bitten sugar spoons
In liquid summer schools
Where I
Fade through chairs

Rooftops swallowed
Wagging our tongues
A stone bladder crushed and weighed
Peeled knees uniformed
Disowned bodies angered forget to shout, “Leave!”
Dust here makes a promise
Sneeze
Track Name: Did My Absence Follow Me
"Did My Absence Follow Me"

I am in photographs with my
Imaginary friends in
Hospital
Should someone borrow
Leave crease-less view of the private parts
Did my absence follow me into this
Waiting room
There hangs a photograph of my imaginary friends in
Hospital

Cocooned
Valets soft
Dissect this
Silent god

I am in photographs with my
Imaginary friends in
Hospital
Should someone borrow
Leave crease-less view of the private parts
Did my absence follow me into this
Operating room
Where hangs a photograph of my imaginary friends in
Hospital
Track Name: The Last Bruise I Harvest Here
"The Last Bruise I Harvest Here"

In casts Nudes I Scald
Weave bandages from canvases
In hospices
Like mantises
In Love

The last bruise I harvest here
Caressed By Searchlight Blue

Promenades clear
Where blind, tangled, noosed pairs Will nod
Miles of food-chain
Break apart
Track Name: Orphans Veiled in Feathers
"Orphans Veiled in Feathers"

A maimed home "Who lives there?"
I think no one Or maybe me My Dear
And weeds Some Say, "thank you"
A womb and and eye open, shut
My cancer craves debut

Whores gloved nurse orphans
Veiled in feathers
And when we laugh We laugh together
Tightrope binds hope Life steeped in waste
With every climb, I fall
My heart beats Erased
And if I'm drawn this way Then I'm drawn this way
Applause like sparks Choking in the dark

Her face Shown And disappeared
A pink no one Or maybe me
My Dear
And dreams Some
Stay past due
A womb and an eye open, shut
My cancer craves debut
Track Name: The Firstborn Stands Sedated
"The Firstborn Stands Sedated"

You lost and found me in these
Ulterior spaces
The firstborn stands sedated mine
A kiss too late
Benign good mornings that I cannot re-do
October sneers
Incised fore-warnings that your mutable knots loose
A sobering fear

Knives white like frozen honey
Seep inside me
Arc and flay
"Confess", you scream
A shred of something
Now an art piece on display
Hands divide you
Lambs deny you fits of clarity, restrained
Vanished people searching nerve-ends
Missed, sought, pleasantly maintained
Hands inside you
Lambs decide who fits
Life centrally contained
Smiling damaged
Lurching forward

Bleached twins and bathing in bright
Interior spaces
The firstborn sand, cremated fine
Spring's hiss opaque
Benign good mornings that I cannot see through
October sneers
Disguised in burning, white disposable classrooms
I loved you even there
Track Name: I Am Erasing Doors
"I Am Erasing Doors"

A growing chorus of spores
Like shedding skin pried from the numb and
In them pain and clinical routines and scars
Hour hands slice open people then
Leave them bright, shy hopes for sequels and
Rows of leaders need our meat for their
Broken little drum

Force feed more than life could
My collection of dry eyes should
See through petaled nights of loss that share
A home inside of my heart
There unsetlled like every place I haunt
And you're building more

Force feed more than life could my collection of dry eyes should
See through petaled nights of loss that share
A home inside of my heart
Written in pencil like everything I want
And I'm erasing doors
Track Name: Where All of These Towns and Choices End
"Where All of These Towns and Choices End"

I will find a book I penned between lives blank
Where all of these towns and choices end
Freight for annulled ships
Discreet lives claimed
A shared vacancy required

No recall of what harm brought bleaching time
When I buried these flies
These flies
Know that all of what arms sought reaching mine
Is forgotten by
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