"In my ears Alamut is undoubtful the LP side of the year 2011!"
"A piece of jewelry, a collector's item, with artwork by Armin Kehrer which has the effect of splinters hitting your eyeball!"
Bad Alchemy (D)
"Continuing the utilisation of recycled sound, Preslav Literary School fades out its opening German monologue to unveil a starry, shimmering reconstruction of a J.S Bach fuge. Chords overlap each other so that a dissonance lingers between them, with haunting organ tones vaguely tracing a melody while ultimately feeling lost in mystical freeform. The section during which a phased fifth-interval drone takes precedence is considerably less interesting than the flowing chord progressions before it, but the broken, stuttering loop that follows it is an instant redeemer. It crumbles and distorts as a weathered outline of its former self, stripped of timbre and emanating as indistinct drones; a bit like one of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops." ATTN:Magazine
"'Alamut' was produced using tape recorders and electronics. Certainly his slow pace and long sustained tones do evoke a certain elegiac mood, and at times may put you in mind of the work of William Basinski. The musical interludes are punctuated with thoughtful stretches of near-silence, and it's a much more spacey and contemplative work compared with the textural busy-ness of the flip. Preslav Literary School may or may not be using samples from records of orchestral classical music, or playing sustained chords on a keyboard, but he often arrives at the same sort of stately profundity as Tangerine Dream." Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
"En B, c’est la Preslav Literary School qui compose à partir d’enregistrements sur bandes et d’electronics. Pendant qu’un drone d’orgue monte, des voix et des boucles se succèdent. Alamut, c’est un peu la rencontre de Neu! et d’Eliane Radigue qui donne envie d’aller écouter les autres sorties du groupe anglais. N’est-ce pas à ce genre de réaction qu’on reconnaît qu’un split est réussi?" Pierre Cécile, Le son du grisli
Preslav Literary School has released vinyl, cassette and CDs on Full Of Nothing, NO-FI, Razzle Dazzle and Elephant & Castles and has shared stages and bills with Aki Onda, Machinefabriek, Gudrun Gut, AGF, Schneider TM, Robert Lippok, Astral Social Club, Leif Elggren and Sudden Infant.
released November 11, 2011
"Writing of a place and time, from beyond that place and time, is irredeemable. It is something backwards that cannot be brought back. It is writing from a place that gives away its distance in every letter and word. It means nothing of the place and time described, only of the place from which writing takes place. So, of Paris and the twenty-seventh of March, two thousand and nine, this says nothing. Of this unnamed date in Berlin, from which I write to the past, it says everything."
As Preslav Literary School, Adam Thomas makes live tape collages using sounds drawn from an ever-growing archive of self-
generated or discovered outsider noise, found sound and spoken word cassettes. A process of transference, overdubbing and live manipulation reworks these source materials into compelling, ambient broadcasts....more