is the second album from Mole Harness, following 2004’s ‘All
Your Memories Return At Once’. Whereas his debut had been
written on a relatively basic sampler, ‘a present from the
future’ was created using a computer, taking advantage of
the vastly expanded sonic palette of software recording. Recognising
that hardware limitations had played a key role in shaping his initial
sound, he decided that the best way to focus his creativity in this
potentially distracting new environment was to strictly limit the
instrumental sources he could work with. As a result this album
is constructed entirely from acoustic, electric and bass guitars.
Stripping away the drum machines, synths, percussion and found-sounds
of previous releases also chimed with the desire to refine his music
to its very essence and produce a more coherent, concise work.
As the eight tracks here unfold, digitally processed versions of
each melodic element are layered alongside their recognisably picked
and strummed counterparts. The central theme of the album is this
contrast between treated and untreated versions of the same guitar
material, and the defining sound is that of pristine six-string
progressions set against a backdrop of rippling tonal texture.
Working with a computer has also allowed Mole Harness to expand
upon the structures of his music, and many of these tracks consist
of two or more separate yet melodically related sections, which
ebb seamlessly into one other.
The final album was selected from twelve tracks recorded in various
periods between July 2004 and October 2005. It comes in a black
card sleeve with cover photograph by Cecilia Ek.
to 250 copies, sold out (Re-released on Japanese label Umi in March
2007, remastered and rehoused in a digipak in an edition of 1000
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