Phono Stage Addition

This weekend I went ahead and purchased the NAD PP3i in order to stop feeding the signal from the turntables to the amp, through my mixer. The descision on which phono stage to get was mainly reached by browsing the net and reading reviews since the cost was fairly low and I wasn’t up for going into extensive sound testing in a variety of systems and combinations. One of the straight out of the box advantages is the ability to connect my computer┬ávia USB and record my collection in up to 24bit/96kHz qualitiy.
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Shackleton – Music for the quiet hour / The drawbar organ EPs [2012, Woe To The Septic Heart!]

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Out of sheer completism I had to have the box set, but I can see how Shackleton has planned this release out and why. The three EPs feel overproduced in a bad way, with a couple of tunes being the exception of what is mostly Shackleton testing out his solo riffs on the drawbar organ. Having ‘Man on a string’ in mind these 12s felt a wee bit disappointing! But after moving on to ‘Music for the quiet hour’ it became apparent how Shackleton has once again surpassed himself! Dark and loomy drones, otherworldly vocals, elaborate and complex percussion which builds and builds into Vengeance Tenfold’s letter to his grand daughter, only to reach her in a new, better, post-apocalyptic earth. This is Shackleton at his best, with a captivating narrative throughout the whole listen! It all comes together with the extraordinary art we’ve come to love by Zeke Clough embracing all covers and an extra book with the uniquely grotesque images and the aforementioned letter for you to read in your own free time.