Lovely Midget: North Head
Lovely Midget is Rachel Shearer, an integral player in the New Zealand underground. Performing with Kiwi bands Angelhead and Queen Meanie Puss during the late 80s/1990s, Rachel entrenched her sound in the ears of adventurous stateside record collectors, recording for labels such as Flying Nun, Xpressway and Siltbreeze. Since becoming Lovely Midget in 1995, Rachel has created a transcendent world of shivering ambient sounds, distant ruptures and warm washes of analog sheen. Building pieces around aching tube equipment, delicate strokes of guitar, bass, percussion and vocal hum. Lovely Midget's international appeal has far surpassed her output. Outside a number of extremely limited NZ releases, her 1996 U.S. debut was a 10" record on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label, followed up by the highly heralded Corpus Hermeticum CD and an obscured contribution to a Freedom From cassette. These releases established Lovely Midget as a devastatingly unique sound sculptor, somehow crossing the paths of Brian Eno to Jason Lescalleet and Elanie Radigue to Fran?ois Bayle with a personal intimacy in the lovingly woven aural tapestries New Zealand has become known for.North Head brings together two years of recording to reinstate Lovely Midget as a sublime aural architect of a new order.