DJ, producer and Border Community label head James Holden pairs with artist and producer Luke Abbott for 70 minutes of trippy and minimal synthesizer drone. The two pieces on this double vinyl LP split (with download code) were composed for Terry Riley’s 80th birthday and fittingly are extended, improvised drones influenced by Riley’s hypnotic and percussive music.
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Despite the vastness of the internet, it seems that nowhere exists to provide more than a sneak peek at this new Border Community thing. Their website offers a mildly generous 2 min clip for each side of this, so brace yourself for the smallest glance over ever.
It sounds pretty great.
Ok you can have some more: the LP is a split between Holden and Tirado’s lengthy melodic loop explosion on the A side and Luke Abbott cultivating yawning drones on the flip side. The former seems to be a mimicking of Terry Riley’s wiggling noodle phrases, all tastily overlaid on top of each other with the addition of what seems like a hand drum to accompany the many interlacing synth layers. It’s got that 60s/70s minimalist classical feel, New York vibes, busy and rhythmic. Abbott summons the opposite; slow tones ooze into each other which a brighter synth throbs in the background - imagine his last album but with some actual richness to it, slipping dreamily from pleasant to subtly atonal.
Music for tripping out while sitting on some soil.
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