Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms
Close

Sign up for our mailing list

Press

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Simian Mobile Disco Announce New Album "Whorl"

In April, Simian Mobile Disco trekked out to the Southern California desert, taking with them their new live set up – two modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer. Over a period of three days, they jammed and rehearsed in the desert, culminating in a one off sold out live show at Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, allowing 900 fans to witness part of the recording process.

Those sessions, taped under the desert sky, became the basis for their brand new album / live project “Whorl”. Now, after completing mixing and mastering, they are pleased to announce that the final studio album will be released through Anti- Records (Tom Waits, Kate Bush) on September the 9th.

The album will be preceded by a single, “Tangents”, on the 1st of July.

SMD’s new live system was born out of a desire to challenge themselves – to remove computers altogether, going back to hardware sequencers, and limiting themselves to a suitcase sized rack of modular synth gear each –which both reduces the sound palette but allows much more hands on, real time manipulation – constraining themselves technically, to free themselves up musically.

Jas, on the recording process - “The recordings we did in the studio while we were writing and rehearsing the new material for Whorl were simply "live" takes - the system we’re using has limited ability to save patterns in the sequencer, but nothing like the flexibility of a computer. Live performance and studio composition are essentially now the same process, rather than the common method of writing a track using the computer, and then working out ways to perform it live. We planned not to slavishly limit ourselves just to this performance - when we came to mixdown the album, we used portions of three sessions – the show itself, an extended jam we did in the desert the day before, and a little of our London studio rehearsal. " Future live performances of Whorl are currently being planned, with a full list of tour dates to come – each show will be a live recreation of that recording process, so each time “Whorl” will be slightly different.

To reflect the organic, analogue aims of the new musical set up, long time SMD art & video collaborators Jack Featherstone & Hans Lo have built a complimentary bespoke hardware system to create the album’s visual aesthetic. The system involves feeding live generated digital content through an oscilloscope, filming the oscilloscope’s screen, then further processing the image produced. This system will be used in forthcoming videos and SMD’s live shows (it was debuted at Sonar this weekend). The cover image is a still grabbed from one of these oscilloscope jams, capturing a moment of flux in performance.

The accompanying trailer showcases all the elements of the Whorl project, including the desert valley where the rehearsal/jam was recorded, the landscape that inspired the performances, the oscilloscope visuals and the show at Pappy & Harriets. In the coming weeks, further video pieces will explore different elements in more detail. The video is set to a short excerpt of “Tangents”.

Video teaser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HLp58Qt3Xo

“Whorl” album tracklist

1. Redshift
2. Dandelion Spheres
3. Sun Dogs
4. Hypnick Jerk
5. Dervish
6. Z Space
7. Nazard
8. Calyx
9. Jam Side Up
10. Tangents
11. Iron Henge
12. Casiopeia

“Whorl” tour dates

21st June – Whorl Live @ Hostess Weekender, Tokyo
9th September – Whorl live @ Union Chapel, London

Simian Mobile Disco's artist page

Browse by Artist

1427All Artists 56Dr. Dog 51Sean Rowe 46The Milk Carton Kids 44Mavis Staples 43Lost In The Trees 42Tinariwen 41Neko Case
33Michael Franti and Spe... 33Galactic 31Jolie Holland 31Son Little 28William Elliott Whitmo... 27Man Man 26Saintseneca 25Bettye LaVette 23Jason Lytle 22Booker T. Jones 22Sage Francis 21Islands 20Daniel Lanois 20Glen Hansard 20DeVotchKa 20Doe Paoro 19Tom Waits 19Calexico 18Joe Henry 18Wilco 18Delicate Steve 17Tim Fite 17Grinderman 17Christopher Paul Stell... 17So Much Light 16Porter Wagoner 16Peter Silberman 15Yann Tiersen 15Xenia Rubinos 15Andy Shauf 14John K. Samson 14The Antlers 13The Coup 13Busdriver 13Rain Machine 12The Melodic 11Kelly Hogan 11Beth Orton 11Keaton Henson 11Prism Tats 11Japandroids 10Roky Erickson 10Os Mutantes 10Xavier Rudd 10Bob Mould 10Dead Man's Bones 10Beat Connection 9The Locust 9Mose Allison 9Marketa Irglova 9Kate Bush 9Jade Jackson 9Cameron Avery 8The Frames 8A Girl Called Eddy 8Greg Graffin 7Solillaquists of Sound 7The Field 7Alec Ounsworth 7The Dream Syndicate 6Ramblin Jack Elliott 6Broken Twin 6Kronos Quartet with Br... 6N.A.S.A. 6Pops Staples 6Deafheaven 6Cass McCombs 6The Drums 5The Weakerthans 5Tweedy 5Elliott Smith 5Cadence Weapon 5The Swell Season 5Girlpool 4Eddie Izzard 4Antibalas 4One Day As A Lion 4Muggs 4Petra Haden 4Arc Iris 4case/lang/veirs 3Danny Cohen 3Marianne Faithfull 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3The Book Of Knots 3Curtis Harding 3Simian Mobile Disco 3Los Angeles Police Dep... 2Chuck E. Weiss 2Blackalicious 2Savath & Savalas 2Spoon (Europe only) 2Billy Bragg 2Lyrics Born 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Screaming Lights (Euro... 2Title Fight 1Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 1Various Artists: ROGUE... 1Rogue's Gallery 1Jeff Tweedy
See Full List+