Newcastle native Steven Legget is back with this limited-edition album, out on Firecracker, a textured, melodic paean to the woozy, slo-mo endorphin rush of a live performance. Expect to also find field recordings gathered in Crete, a sprinkling of cello and electronica. A searing example of boundless, luscious ambient music. All profits from this LP will be donated to the Waves for Water (wavesforwater.org).
Staff note from Robin:
Hey, Firecracker are good; we like them. I'm extremely excited to see a new double LP cropping up from their parts, considering the more expansive weirdo brilliance we've seen them put out (Les Gracies and that geographical survey of Scotland come to mind). Legget's music sounds way more serene than anything they've done before -- it sounds like there's gonna be a lot of cello tearjerking and soft, balmy percussion. From the eighteen minute snippet it sounds like it's gonna be non-stop beautiful the way that new Zelda game was, just bowling me over with the big, open spaces. They're donating all profits of the release to a DIY charity that helps people access clean water so... insta-buy, maybe?
Limited Vinyl Double LP £19.99 FIREC024LP
Limited edition 2LP on Firecracker, housed in a screen printed gatefold sleeve.
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- Bathhouse by Steven Legget
Come get it ‘cos it’s sold out at the source. Considering they’re straight-up mavericks with a penchant to deliver upside-down dance music, Stephen Leggett’s new LP is far and away Firecracker’s most serene entry, offering a calm aquatic world to whittle away your day, week or life with. With all profits from the record going to clean water charity Waves for Water, ‘Bathhouse’ feels like one big gesture of goodwill, doing good while delivering you a much needed earful of rest.
Leggett subsumes this record in water and then starts playing: gentle, half-there melodies play around the sound of gentle splashes and crickets by the pool, with stringwork rising up and creating mountain scenery. It’s a stunning mix of environmental drone and illustrated neo-classical; the sounds shimmer against one another, never clashing in their disparate approaches.
And it’s all shot through the widest lens, too. Enjoy that. You can hear everything because nothing happens out of reach; rather, this record somehow sounds like it’s captured an entire outdoor environment inside a grand mansion hall. I'm gonna put this on and pretend my life is nothing but contentment.
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