WE MYTHICAL KINGS
Release date: 20th November 2015
PRAISE FOR 'VISITATIONS':
JOHN DORAN (THE QUIETUS): "I like this."
TEXTURA: "A restless, shape-shifting whole with fleeting moments of serenity alternating with combustible vignettes abstract expressionistic character."
MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU: "A frenzy of modulations, cosmic debris and dark drone."
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY: "A lost post-apocalypse-meets-alien-invasion film score. Bleak yet transfixing."
Airplay on STUART MACONIE'S FREAKIER ZONE (BBC 6MUSIC)
Visitations is the debut album from We Mythical Kings, a duo committed to atomizing the sonic potential of experimental electronics, magnetic recording techniques and free-improvisation. The 16 tracks reveal fragmented analogue synthesizer protractions, fathomless oceans of black drone and snatched moments of prepared guitar serenity, all informed by the landscape in which the album was conceived. Initial sessions for the album took place in a remote cottage on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. Over the course of six days of intense recording, several hours of freeform improvisations were committed to tape. Some were guided by visual scores, others by pre- determined rules.
Completely free from notions of structure and limitation – and created literally hundreds of miles away from their regular musical worlds – these embryonic recordings were the sound of two artists surgically examining their own practice and seeking new modes of expression through their chosen instruments. Guitar strings were tightened and pulled to breaking point, effects pedals were hot-wired and hacked, oscillators and filters were overdriven beyond their limits. The vast well of material was then revisited several months later and through a process of re-sampling, re- configuring and re-contextualising, the 16 tracks on this disc took shape.
Raz Ullah - synths and effects. Raz is guest lecturer in Sound Synthesis at Abertay University's Institute of Arts, Media & Computer Games. He also writes and records for Art of the Memory Palace (Static Caravan Recordings).
Peter Philipson – guitars and effects. LCR released his Peaks solo album in 2014 (under his P.J. Philipson alias), as played on BBC 6Music by Stuart Maconie and Gideon Coe.
The track titles are taken from The Peregrine (1967) by J.A. Baker, a poetic and personal study of the bird by an Essex- based writer. The book underwent something of a rediscovery after his death and can be seen as reinvigorating the interest in nature writing by people such as Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin.
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1 - shining silver blue
2 - storming suddenness of sea
3 - ghost of fallen trees
4 - ancient splendour
5 - distance lengthened horizons sharpened
6 - time is measured by a clock of blood
7 - layer the memory
8 - crackle of silent film
9 - beauty is vapour from the pit of death
10 - spanning the deep concavities of the turbulent air
11 - coloured by love
12 - glenaros
13 - strata memory
14 - sudden yellowness of light
15 - fragrance of neglect
16 - the greater the beauty, the more terrible the death