a beautiful and consistent record. The continuous yet slow progression of the composition creates immersive and harmonic textures, always flourished with ambient sounds. Although not very detail-oriented, the record produces interesting textures throughout, and reveals amazing timbre and production. As relaxing as enjoyable.
Shape Memory is the first full-length recording made through a collaboration between 12k label mates and friends Marcus Fischer and Simon Scott. In the fall of 2017, on a free day between US tour dates for Slowdive (for which Simon is the drummer), the pair managed to conceptualize and record an album at S1/Synth Library in Portland, OR.
In advance of their meet up, the pair shared sounds and recordings and then dubbed them on to cassette tape loops. Field recordings, processed acoustic sounds and synthesizer found their way to these tapes. In person, once they had a system of looping tapes playing back, they layered additional live elements: a bed of cymbals and scattered percussion, contact mic’d objects, live sampling, guitar and modular synths.
Shape Memory unfolds as a 36-minute piece (divided into three movements) rich in texture and deep connections. Fans of both artists’ solo works will recognize shadows of their unique aesthetics but the beauty lies in the new direction they chose to take it together. There’s a captivating density to the sound with plenty of atonal moments highlighted by the metallic resonances of the cymbals. Floating drones underpin granular guitar scattering while tape loops, lost in noise, provide a rhythm that’s not quite there. By the end, deep tones, mysterious and murky, take over, darker than each artist often goes.
Collaborations are all about creating a new entity beyond the expected from the members. Shape Memory is an album that’s not simply the sum of its parts, but a new creation from two talented explorers and friends.
released June 1, 2018
Recorded October 27th 2017 at S1, Portland, Oregon
Marcus Fischer: Cymbals, Electronics + Guitar
Simon Scott: Cymbals, Electronics + Tapes
Photography by Marcus Fischer
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k
Thanks to S1 / Synth Library, Felisha Ledesma, Alissa Derubeis,
Kevin Holden, Sage Fisher, Indira Valey and Taylor Deupree.
A portion of the sales of this compact disc will be donated to S1 / Synth Library, Portland.