'I don't know what to say. This is one of the most surreal, hilarious, entertaining, strangely moving things I've heard in forever. I guess I'm just kind of gobsmacked by it.' -Alec Dewar, thisissplice.co.uk
If Bob Dylan can win the Nobel Prize for Literature then Gerald Murnane can release a record. The author best known for not being known has, briefly, stopped tending bar to showcase his talents as a vocalist, performing renditions of his own work as well as the work of Thomas Hardy, Hungarian poet Dezső Kosztolányi, DEVO and Killdozer, with accompaniment in a variety of contemporary musical styles.
The centrepiece of the album is a completely new work - a 1,600-word palindrome written by Murnane over the course of six months in 2006. Murnane recites the palindrome over a constantly shifting sixteen-minute minimalist musical score composed entirely from the letters of his own name, translated into musical notes by simple substitution code.
Words in Order is available on 180g audiophile vinyl, with a gatefold sleeve reproducing the original pages of the palindrome, in a limited, signed edition of 300 with included voucher for free MP3/FLAC download. Purchase the physical edition from Readings bookstores at www.readings.com.au/products/25620066/words-in-order
in Australia (overseas postage is available).