debut EP from Jasper Leyland combines minimal drone structures and
subtly ebbing texture with playfully rhythmic acoustic manipulations
and splashes of field recordings. With production methods moving
between sampler/ effects and laptop, the release documents an artist
evolving in his musical means and processes while simultaneously
converging on a coherent sound.
Opener ‘Blackdale’ was recorded live without using a
computer, manipulating sampler loops and vinyl run-off grooves through
effects and a mixer to create rippling crackles and tones, with
warm synth drones gradually exposed underneath. Second track ‘Hale’
was created using a similar process, and both pieces are based around
sounds from a keyboard found in a skip outside the Leyland residence.
In contrast to this live approach, the third and fourth tracks are
the results of initial experiments with software, and focus on digital
manipulations of acoustic instruments. ‘Capsize’, the
EP’s title track and centrepiece, builds a rhythmic framework
from cut-up chimes, creating a wonderfully natural sense of space
and allowing hummingbird-like textures to weave in and out. The
first part of ‘Copper’ is the most digitally processed
offering, rendering an acoustic guitar almost unrecognisable in
bursts of bustling clicks, flickering frequencies and frayed eddies.
By contrast the second part of the track sees the laptop abandoned
again for another semi-improvised live recording. This ten minute
closing piece moves from calm opening loops towards ambient space-rock
territory, propelled by waves of uplifting synth chords and delayed
The 32 minute CD comes in a black card sleeve with cover photograph
by Cecilia Ek.
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