Archive for EP10 – Lata
Lata’s debut Starlings officially dropped last week and to celebrate Jacob is giving away a free download from the album, the extraordinary, sublimely divine Queensbridge (see just below) AND will be performing a live set on Resonance 104.4 FM this Friday at 9pm on the Exotic Pylon Radio Show (more info soon).
AND finally Germany’s most premier electronic magazine De:Bug nailed Starlings so perfectly it’s untrue (translation below).
“The sound experience of countless Starlings (hence the title) in the vaults of an Indian railway station at the end of a long railway journey as well as the familiarization with the local railway line after the long-awaited move to East London occupies Jacob Burns, the youngest member of Cindytalk, there and here in his electronics, when capturing his solo debut. And now we must be a bit abstract. We expected actually a kind of earthy version of Sam Prekops, an enchanting sketchbook from two years ago that addressed the strolling, contemplative tone. However, in a three-quarter-hour trip a basis of vibrant, morphing noise distortion is used, as well as clamly harsh and warm at the same time, speaking sublimely of starlings. This post-industrial rail journey that slides from station to station, always accompanied by melodies toned or rising in beats, exudes a peculiar sense of security and wants to be heard again. Masterful.”
Starlings seems to be a bit of a critical hit in Germany!
Sascha Bertoncin has penned a well positive review over at Sonic Seducer which roughly asserts that beauty and psychedelic rhythm lurk underneath initially abrasive textures. The closing line hopes that this isn’t the last transmission from Jacob and we (and he) heartily agree
Ike Yard are a 4 piece New York electronic band (that includes the equally legendary Stuart Argabright who we’ve worked with on many occasions in Outpost 13 mode) mostly known for their 1982 release on the short lived New York branch of Factory Records. That album, A Fact A Second, is still a classic in the minimal genre and this show coincides with a remix 12″ being released on Blackest Ever Black who also released Argarbright’s unissed Jonny Mnemonic soundtrack as Black Rain earlier this year (which I reviewed over at FACT here).
That alone is fine enough but this is going to be a killer killer night – our very own Lata will be playing live and launching his astonishing debut album Starlings, and there will also be a performance from eerie cold wave duo Linea Aspera AND there will be DJ sets from Woebot, Vindicatrix and Teeth of the Sea. Oh yeah and me. Twice.
This is going to sell out so grab your tickets here.
FINALLY available for immediate dispatch from the Greedbag shop, this hits online and proper shops October 29th…
Lata is Jacob Burns who also plays electronics in Cindytalk. Starlings is his debut release, an electronic album in 9 parts, mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and featuring original artwork by Simon Richardson. An excerpt was featured on the July edition of The Wire Magazine’s Tapper CD.
Starlings is an album born of two excitements, two moments whose physical place shapes the resonances on it. First, Tundla Station, evening: stepping down from thirty-six hours on a train and walking back into the body of the building, feeling the travel that had been hanging so heavily slip off. The arches of the place were alive with birds, flicking off the walls and the top of the crowds, delicate bodies who seemed drawn up, in ever more numbers, to the vaulted roof, where they were coming into roost. The host of them were all singing, in a high, pure pitch that was contained and multiplied by the masonry of the station into an incredible noise, loud but not painful. Walking through that station and out again into the night was one of the most exciting aural events of my life. I found out later they were Starlings.
Secondly, the album is very much about moving to London, after looking forward to it for so many years, and just being overwhelmed by things to do and the places to do them in. The East London Line extension had just opened, and I was up and down this railway all the time, and the spaces of this travel were just incredible to me. The brutalist intervention of the new stations, into what is otherwise a very old railway line, brimming with clichés – the dripping tunnel under the river, the elevated section on Victorian arches – helped to fix my ideas of London’s special syncretic character. That character very directly fed into the making of the album, and the kinds of sounds and atmospheres used.
Jacob Burns: London, June 2012