KIER-LA JANISSE / THE RITA – Introduction and Immersion CS


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The interests and works of Kier-La Janisse and Sam McKinlay have consistently overlapped and intertwined throughout the past two decades, with a basic commonality being their mutual fondness for cult European cinema. Most recently, Janisse offered up a brief dossier on The Rita via director Nicolas Winding Refn’s byNWR website, a haven for the truly obscure. Her text was accompanied by a track from The Rita entitled “Spiked Heels and Black Nylons” and a documentary, “Tights Worship: The Processes of The Rita”, directed by Mike McKinlay (Sam’s brother). Now, with “Introduction and Immersion”, the two contribute long form studies of their deep interests. Janisse reads an excerpt, aptly titled ‘Spike Heels’, from “Women’s Rites”, written by French dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet under her nom de plume Jeanne de Berg in 1985. McKinlay, as The Rita, offers up his newest form of deconstruction and obsession. The concentration of these pieces lend themselves to a sort of reaction/response approach, while the length of each allows for true “immersion” in the studies. The pairing is seamless.

Kier-La Janisse is, among many things, the author of “House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films” (Fab Press, 2012) and founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Her upcoming works include a documentary on the history of folk horror to be released by Severin Films.

Sam McKinlay needs no introduction around these parts. His work as The Rita over the past 24 years has been entrenched in the foundations of harsh noise. Previous releases on Absurd Exposition include “Sharks and the Female Form” (2019), “Montreal 2018”, and a split with Vancouver’s Worker in 2015.

KIER-LA JANISSE reading ‘Spike Heels’ from “Women’s Rites” by Catherine Robbe-Grillet (as Jeanne de Berg) – Recorded by Jim Kunz

THE RITA – Nylons in the Waiting Room Source V2 (Closer Inspection)

Edition of 100 pro-dubbed tapes with 4×6 artwork housed in plastic bags. Includes download code. C41.


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Weight 0.04 kg
Dimensions 18 × 10 × 1.7 cm