Pratfalls EP


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    Low-noise, high-quality C36 ferric cassette in hand-cut, three-colour risograph fold-out packaging illustrated by Sophie Thomas. 7 different colours of cassette (random choice). Limited edition, first pressing, only 100 copies available.

    A-Side of cassette is the full 18-minute, 6 track EP from PLAYACTING. B-Side is a collection of remixes and covers of material from the EP (a further 18 minutes) by SHONN (of KULT KOUNTRY) and Kiran Leonard. 36 minutes of music in total.


    Pratfalls is the first EP from Manchester, UK artist PLAYACTING. The EP is an intricate, layered mixture of acoustic and electronic elements. Initially conceived as a simple folk EP then produced to within an inch of its life with sampled, old-school, odd time signatured drum machine beats; soaring strings and melancholic vocals.

    PLAYACTING is Evan Wilson, who used to be in Deaf to Van Gogh's Ear and is currently in New Hips - two of Manchester's most unpredictably intriguing bands. This EP is a definite change in direction for Wilson: whilst holding on to his favourite things (atypical rhythms, tempo shifts and falsetto) he sets off in new directions with this six track record.

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released October 26, 2013

Written performed and recorded by Evan Wilson.

Violin played by Mitzi Jones
Cello played by Martin Wilson
Trumpet played by Holly Carter

Released on Super Smash Hit Records 26/10/13.



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Track Name: Over-Comprehension
You paid me the kindness of not hitting me when I told you
But it's all that I can do to keep from hitting you
So, it does not follow that you are excused
Just count yourself lucky I'm terrified

It's all OK for us
'Cause we can't help ourselves

I am a hater of predicaments not their people
But most people as well
And it does not follow that you are excused
Even if I hinted that you were

I am scared of this
'Cause I can always help myself
Track Name: Pratfalls (Parts 1 & 2)

My wit, sharper than this
My brain worked faster
My resolve, strong for a bit
Oh dear'ed like a bad idea

This time spent away from this
For good, is great, but I wouldn't choose this time
Wending away from this
It isn't good, even if it does good

It might resound close to perfect if you want it to
But it's not to be and it's not for me to say

Oh how I wish I could be less away
Of these down- and pitfalls
Oh I long to be less aware
Of these down- and pratfalls


There's little that I can't worry about
I'm friends with doubt and it's friends with me
There was nothing that I couldn't do without

There's little that I can't worry about
I'm sure of doubt and it's sure of me
There was nothing beyond the remit of my fretting

There's little that I can't worry about
I'm certain now, but certainty's always short with me
There was nothing that I couldn't do without
Track Name: Impressive Slouch
Rather than skirting around it
We are close-dancing with the problem
'Til the elephant in the room's ears are burning
And I'm nonethewiser

Like somebody's holding a magnet
Over my moral compass

I'm well aware of my pros and cons
Which is first on my list of cons
But here with this impressive slouch
Oh and those charmingly narrowed eyes who've made friends
Track Name: Plum Pudding Make Interesting
It's your good lucks
It's things I have
It's all run in to itself

It's losing all faith in your social barometer
It's having nothing to judge against

It's stopping talking about taste and choice
Like their infinitely separate things

It's practicing your facial expressions in a mirror
It's circumstance where you can't get lost (a hand misplaced by mine)

It's trading rebellion for common sense
It's having nothing to rail against

It wasn't for me, but we know what I'm like
You're an altogether kinder thing

It's the kind of thing we could do well without
Let's all run in to ourselves

I think I can believe in stuff to its proper given measure
But I fear there's nothing I can't live without
And I'm petrified cause there's nothing keeping us in place
And each thing can only happen once

It's arrived too soon