Szun Waves - 'In The Moon House'
Published 9 August 2022 by DM

With Szun Waves’ new album, Earth Patterns, just under two weeks away, the trio of Luke Abbott, Laurence Pike and Jack Wyllie release new single ‘In The Moon House’. It’s a piano led moment of stillness after the altogether more stratospheric singles ‘Exploding Upwards’ and ‘New Universe’ which have preceded it.

The Dinked Edition of the album is looking very smart indeed. Limited to 500 copies, it’s pressed on orange vinyl with black splatter, with a screenprinted PVC outer sleeve and a 16-page photobook containing images by Dom Harwood, numbered in the Fibonacci sequence. These are only available from select independent record shops.

The CD, black and indies only brown smoke vinyl editions are available to pre-order on Bandcamp, with a new T-shirt design available individually or as part of a bundle.

Earth Patterns will be released August 19th. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube |
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Sarathy Korwar - KALAK
Published 16 August 2022 by DM

Sarathy Korwar returns with new album KALAK. The follow up to the politically charged, award-winning More Arriving is an Indo-futurist manifesto - in rhythmic step with the past and the present, it sets out to describe a route forward. It celebrates a rich South Asian culture of music and literature, which resonates with spirituality and community, while envisaging a better future from those building blocks.

Recorded at Real World Studios with meticulous production by New York electronic musician, DJ and producer Photay, who translates these communal rhythms and practices into a timeless and groundbreaking electronic record. There’s a spirituality and warmth at play in the polyrhythms, group vocals and melodic flourishes.

The KALAK rhythm is the fulcrum upon which the 11-track project balances. After an intense period of reflection and note-making, Korwar boiled this down to the circular KALAK symbol.

“The discourse around futurism is often deeply rooted in Eurocentric ideas of the world,” Korwar explains. “Much like Afro-futurism, Indo-futurism is moving the focus to the global south. In South Asia, culturally, we envisage our relationship to the future and the past in ideas of cyclicality. For example, karma as a concept. Time doesn’t have to flow in a line but can be understood to flow in a circle.

“In music, there’s an inherent hierarchy when you talk about left to right and top to bottom. I started thinking about a rhythmic notation system that was circular. These patterns started forming over time, and the more I thought about that, and the kind of symbolism that they began to have, I realised that this would be the core of the record.”

Lead single ‘Utopia Is A Colonial Project’ is accompanied by a nocturnal, neon-lit dance video by Elliott Gonzo (Perfidious Productions), starring award-winning choreographer/dancer Botis Seva. Based on Thomas More’s book from 1516, Korwar takes the idea of this imagined land of perfection and flips it on its head.

“Utopia can be seen as a diagram for colonisation,” Korwar says. “Ideas of utopia are intrinsically linked to the mindset of settler colonialism. It comes from seeing the natural world as an inanimate resource rather than a living, sentient being. We need to be anti-utopian, and anti-dystopian. We need to be able to imagine futures drastically different to the kind of ‘utopias’ that are being sold by right-wing populist politicians in South Asia and beyond.”

The final part of the KALAK project is realised in the cover artwork by New Delhi-based designer Sijya Gupta. Korwar and photographer friend Fabrice Bourgelle took a light sculpture of the KALAK symbol on a road trip around Southern India, through Chennai, Pondicherry and Auroville. The evocative shots appear on the cover of the various formats, with each one offering a different angle on the country, continent and culture that inspired the album.

KALAK will be released on November 11th in three vinyl editions (on black, dark green and, for a special Dinked Edition, crystal clear vinyl with rotating card KALAK rhythm wheel) and a CD, each featuring a different cover image. All formats include an 8-page booklet, created by Sijya Gupta, with Korwar’s notes on the concepts behind the project. There are exclusive T-shirt and cork/rubber turntable mat bundles available on Bandcamp.

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Szun Waves - Earth Patterns out now
Published 19 August 2022 by DM

It’s taken its sweet time, but Szun Waves’ majestic new album, Earth Patterns, is ripe for the listening. “We started making the record in 2019,” Luke Abbott explains. “So this one has taken longer than usual, but things have been weird for a while. We have this improvisational way of working, which means we end up with recordings that are sometimes unwieldy and often surprising to us. The record took a while to make sense. When we first did the recording sessions, I don't think we understood what we'd made. It took the world turning upside down to give a new perspective on it.”

After doing battle with the vinyl manufacturing and global shipping gods, we’re delighted to have a global release date – a rare thing! The vinyl editions have turned out beautifully, even if we do say so ourselves. Dom Harwood’s detailed work on all visual aspects of the album – from the artwork to the videos – has come together for an incredibly satisfying package.

“Earth Patterns has the kind of definite, deliberate form and atmosphere – earthbound and weather-beaten, yearning, devotional and rebellious – that tends only to arise from taking extended time to listen and sculpt”
9/10, Loud & Quiet

“The Sun-ra-like intensity, dripping synth menace and haunted sax screed seemingly locked in a spiritual quest - delve deeper still, suggesting Szun Waves’ free seeking mystical adventures still have plenty of ground yet to run”
4/5, Mojo

“Earth Patterns is an abstract hymn to nature, pulling order from apparent chaos and finding sense from the sensuous”
Electronic Sound

You’ll find Earth Patterns in all good record shops now. The Dinked Edition pressed on orange vinyl with black splatter, screenprinted PVC outer sleeve and a 16-page photobook numbered in the Fibonacci sequence is available at select stores. The ‘brown smoke’ vinyl edition is available on Bandcamp and there’s also an exclusive T-shirt design and your standard or garden variety CD and black vinyl editions. There's also a bundle combining both Leaf albums, which may be of interest to those seeking a bargain. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube |
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