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Back in April 2014, James Ford and Jas Shaw buried themselves in the Southern Californian Desert to record their new album, Whorl. Armed with only two modular synths, two sequencers and a mixer the duo created an album solely comprised of live jam sessions, including a one-off performance at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown. The result is an album of undeniable chemistry: explosive, beautiful and detached from anything previously heard from the pair. Restricting themselves from the infinite possibilities that computers give to music production, they forced themselves into commitment: “when we record there can be no turning back”.
Casiopeia is one of the album’s more ambient numbers, a psychedelic whirlpool of analogue bleeps and swells reminiscent of Luke Abbott’s Holkham Drones, that graciously fills the entirety of the sonic spectrum. The video is a similarly blissed-out visual jam, that drifts through an abstract wash of neon lines and patterns, as dream-like and haunting as the song itself.
Whorl is released on 9 September – pre-order here.
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