How are you? I’m well, thank you.
In this newsletter I’m going to write about some things I’ve been doing related to the music project Gotye. Are you interested? You will find out soon enough. I may never know. I will do my best to make it enjoyable for both of us.
NEW GOTYE MUSIC
There will be no new Gotye music.
Wait, maybe there will be. I’m not entirely sure right now. There are many contingencies.
One of those is the continued human capacity for sound perception. If the world gets noisier at the present rate, and instances of early-onset deafness rise correspondingly, and I release my magnus opus in a format that requires the generation and amplification of sound waves via some form of audio reproduction technology in order to be perceptible, will anybody hear this work?
I don’t know. But I think about these things.
One thing you can count on:
I will do my best to make it enjoyable for both of us.
Photo by Francesca Favetti - @favfra
SPIRIT LEVEL: A NEW RECORD LABEL
I’ve started a new record label with Tim Shiel, a human being I like very much. It will be distributed in Australia by Inertia, a group of other human beings I like very much. We’re calling the label Spirit Level because one day, when the money’s all gone and everyone’s deaf, we might want to shift into architecture and construction. It would also give us the means to bury the evidence.
Why start a record label at this time? Quite simply, because there is incredible music being produced today.
Hahahaha. Oh, sorry. I am actually serious.
[THIS IS ACTUALLY SERIOUS]
The first release on Spirit Level is Anchor, the new album by Zammuto.
We’re honoured to be releasing this record in Australia as Tim and I have been inspired by the work of bandleader Nick Zammuto for many years, both his first record under the Zammuto moniker, and his many fine releases with duo the Books.
With Anchor, I think Nick has made a truly remarkable album. It’s the kind of record I’m always hoping to discover, but so rarely do: rhythmically complex yet effortless to follow (drummers’ brains, prepared to be explosioned), melodic and memorable despite being experimental with harmonic choices and musical arrangements, musically muscular with impressive, often virtuosic playing from ACTUAL HUMANS, yet with deft electronic production that supports the songwriting perfectly.
All in all, it’s one of the best records I’ve heard in many years, and for me it has the depth to be heard many years from now and still be transcendent, due in no small part to Nick’s excellent lyrics that are at once playful and insightful.
Being something of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to making records, I feel compelled to mention the wonderful DIY aspect to the Zammuto project: Nick writes, records, mixes and masters everything on Zammuto releases. He also creates the group’s film clips and album artwork. It’s inspiring stuff and I really can’t recommend this work highly enough, so if you’re interested to hear something new, please listen.
Here’s a free download of Anchor’s opening track, Good Graces.
The second track from the album Great Equator has a remarkable film clip that Nick put together using an electron microscope and many texturally varied materials which, when magnified, reveal unbelievable micro-landscapes.
Follow what Tim and I get up to with Spirit Level on Twitter.
NEW MUSIC FROM THE BASICS
Stay tuned- Kris Schroeder, Tim Heath and I have been recording new Basics material at the incredible Abbey Road studios in London and you’ll be hearing about it soon. Via spam.
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