a hovering insect mass breaks your fall'
Mine Music (MMM062)
Monday 14th March 2011 : CD & digital download
tracks : 42:27
a hovering insect mass breaks your fall' is the fourth solo album
from James Brewster, though it is the first to be released under
his given name. It is also the first full album he has recorded
since moving to Sweden in mid-2006.
aim with this record was to incorporate as many of his influences,
ideas and interests as possible into a single coherent whole. As
a result, the album moves seamlessly between ultra-melodic song-structures,
atmospheric sound-design, dense digital processing, spoken word,
field recordings, evolving minimalist themes, intricate drum machine
rhythms, chiming interlocking guitars and cascades of bells. The
minimalist leanings of the first half of the album gradually build
towards a more pop-oriented second half.
release will be followed by a single of 'Wingbeat fission' later
album front cover is work by London-based artist Rebecca Salter
The packaging design and layout was done in Malmö by by Peter
and the album was mastered by Zengyo in his Tokyo studio.
range of vocal contributors to the album neatly reflects both stages
of Brewster's musical development thus far. Firstly, his roots in
the Bristol DIY scene of the early 2000s - which both inspired him
to start making music and nurtured his early sound – and,
secondly, the the broadening of influences which resulted from his
relocation to Malmö. From the Bristol side we have Nick Talbot
of Gravenhurst (Warp Records), Men Diamler (one of the West Country's
most astonishing live performers) and Suzi Gage (of acclaimed Bristol
band You and the Atom Bomb).
well as drawing influence from his involvement in Malmö's own
experimental, improvisation and noise scenes, Brewster's move to
Sweden has also led to other more unexpected sources of inspiration.
This is reflected in the remaining three vocal contributors to the
album: Albanian opera singer Egzona Gervalla and Iranian puppet-artist
Soodabeh Haaji were both met studying Swedish, as was fellow Englishman
Daniel Goody (of Malmö electro-indie-pop band Steel Island).
presence of vocals in Brewster's music for the first time reflects
two new areas of interest: firstly, to explore voice as pure instrument
and sonic-texture; secondly, to convey his own brand of cryptically
evocative lyrics and fractured storytelling.