Pro-dubbed C30 with onbody printing + bonus ‘b-side’ download
Comes in deluxe presentation case
200 copies only
It was after hearing Katie Gately’s remix of Schemawound back in February – incredibly one of the first pieces of music that she had made – that we immediately began hassling her to do a tape for us.
The result is Pipes, a piece that is both concise and ambitious. A 22nd Century pop song made out of nothing but the massed tones of the human voice, so complex that it took six painstaking months to assemble, but dropkicks the seratonin-releasing pleasure centres of the brain like the most immediate and narcotic of pop hits.
Influenced by Arthur Russell and Gregorian chant, Pipes is a kind of future choral music. In its soundworld, synthesizers have been superseded by lungs, and soundscapes are no longer programmed, but can be projected into the air at the speed of thought.
If you loved Petra Haden’s classic 2005 acapella reading of The Who Sell Out, but thought it would be loads better without all The Who bits, then you’ll love this. If you love pop music, but hate dumb lyrics, then this is for you. If you’ve ever felt a surge of energy from the sound of another human singing – whether it’s opera or death metal – then this is a substation. This electric is natural and now.
Disclaimer: NO INSTRUMENTS WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS RECORDING.