Stressful week? Us too, so forget it all and drift away into another – far more pleasant – world entirely, via electronica producer Luke Abbott’s psychedelic, sedated Clash mix.
A long-established part of the family at Border Community – James Holden’s experimental electro label – synth-obsessive Luke Abbott has been quietly releasing various slices of lo-fi electronic gold over the years. After colourful, woozy 2010 debut album ‘Holkham Drones’ introduced us to his analogue ways, Abbott is back with his second album. Titled ‘Wysing Forest’ – named after the arts centre in Cambridgeshire where the album was recorded and where Abbott became the first musician-in-residence – it’s a heady, otherworldly affair that mixes soundscaping with electro-acoustic production, showcasing the producer’s capacity for crafting vast, engulfing electronic tapestries.
Abbott’s dreamy and mesmerising Clash selection for Clash was – appropriately enough – recorded late at night and at a volume that could barely be heard, so as not to seep through the walls and into his neighbours dreams – we’ll let Abbott explain, below. Gonjasufi, experimental US singer-songwriter R. Stevie Moore and jazz musician Alice Coltrane, former wife of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane, all feature in this avant-garde trip. Here’s Abbott:
“I made the mix in the middle of the night at very low volume, so as not to disturb my neighbours. There’s a sound in the Stargate track that sounds just like my doorbell and I kept having waves of paranoia thinking that I’d woken someone up. The mix is supposed to drift in and out of your attention, gently psychedelic, distant and vaguely hypnotic. The last two tracks could go on forever.”
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1. R. Stevie Moore - I’m Out Of My Mind
2. Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Regenmacher
3. Tonto’s Expanding Head Band - Jetsex
4. Aeoliah - Inner Mounting Flame
5. Stargate - Driving Hyperreality
6. Alice Coltrane - Yamuna Tira Vihari
7. Gonjasufi - Duet
8. Slawomir Golaszewski - Landscape V
9. Don Slepian - Awakening
Words: Tristan Parker
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‘Wysing Forest’ is released on June 23rd. Luke Abbott will be playing the following live dates across the UK.
20 London Oval Space (supporting Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE project)
21 Totnes South Devon Arts Centre
23 Glasgow Mono
25 Manchester Kraak Gallery
26 London St. Pancras Church