Hot on the heels of the ‘Truth EP’ from March this year, Luke Abbott is to release the second in a trilogy of Earlham Mystics recordings with ‘Waters EP’ available digitally from July 28th and 12” vinyl on sale from September 15th 2017. The four-track collection is to be released via Gold Panda’s NOTOWN Recordings label.
Listen to the new EP’s title track, “Waters”:
Like its predecessor, the ‘Waters EP’, sees Luke presenting another series of immediate, yet nuanced and immersive tracks. Warm and inviting, the first two productions, ‘Waters’ and ‘Ada L’ lean on hypnotic vocal samples – ie, according to Luke, “the bits where it sounds like someone speaking in tongues” and unfurl gorgeously somewhere between lush ambience and more meditative techno. The two tracks that comprise Side B of the record, are journeys into “generative music processes – one focused on rhythm and the other on melody”, according to Luke, which doesn’t quite pay enough credit to their understated beauty – especially the playful, delicate ‘PIGG’.
Born out of a desire to break some of his own rules, Earlham Mystics is Luke Abbott hopping onto an alternate timeline for his career, both looking back to basics and moving in exciting new directions. Describing this second EP (of a series of three) as “like playtime”, Luke describes his Earlham Mystics guise as a way of playing with form and function in a new way: “I was speaking to a comedian once after a stand up show, he told me “it’s a formula”. I like thinking about function and formula, it’s at the core of creativity. I think you have to embrace it and be aware that it’s there; otherwise you fall foul of it.
In conjunction with his Earlham Mystics releases, Luke has also begun DJing – another new venture for him. He DJs this Friday July 28th at The Colombian @ Corsica Studios, London.
‘Waters EP’ tracklist:
02. Ada L
Luke Abbott has unveiled a new cut, entitled “Free Migration,” taken from his forthcoming new “Wysing Forest” LP for James Holden’s Border Community label. This track follows up to the immersive first album cut “Amphis“, and forms the subtle peak that marks the mid-point of new record – it’s bubbling synths and quickening pace make for a quietly exhilarating trip. Abbott has said that Wysing Forest “has a very particular arc to it, and the tracks only really make sense in the context of that arc.” Out on June 23rd 2014.