The folks at Joyful Noise linked up once again with Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover. This release however is truly like nothing else we’ve ever seen. Marketed as a “12 sided record,” the record is more of an art piece than an actual album you’ll get hours of enjoyment listening to.
Per the label’s website, “This one-of-a-kind “12-Sided Record” features six spindle holes, each corresponding to 12 short songs written by Dale Crover specifically for this distinctive format. Designed meticulously by lathe-virtuoso Mike Dixon, each of the 127 copies of ‘Skins’ were hand-made using a 1942 Presto 6N record lathe, and signed by Dale Crover. This 12-sided record format required Crover to work within a highly constraining framework… kind of like a haiku. To comply with the format, Crover had to compose twelve separate pieces of music, each less than 30 seconds in length. What emerged from this rigid experiment were twelve distinct musical trajectories, which have themselves become the seeds for Crover’s upcoming full-length album.”
The record sold out quick, so this video will probably be the closest we’ll ever get to it.