News | Pubblicato il 6 luglio 2015
[Streaming]: Specimens – “II”
A cura di: Nicola Orlandino
Specimens è lo pseudonimo del compositore britannico Alex Ives. Il suo nuovo lavoro è una cassetta e uscirà ufficialmente il 15 Luglio via Shimmering Moods. Si intitola II. Vi proponiamo alcuni estratti (che mettono in evidenza il minimalismo elettronico e la linea rumoristica) e il video di “Hearing Test“.
Ecco le parole dell’artista: This release was has shared inspirations and influences, I approached the writing of it heavily inspired by a trip I made in the winter of 2014 to Warsaw, the front cover consists of 3 pictures I took whilst there and in the inside fold out image was also a photo I took behind a small camera market near Klub Stodoła. I wanted to try and create a soundscape that reflected the harshness of the weather (it was freezing!) as well as encapsulating the strong architecture and rich – albeit in places sad history of the city. I made a fairly large selection of tracks and the two I chose which I have put on the B side I felt complimented the other tracks on the record best.
The A side to the record was inspired by the memories of living in a remote place – a detached suburban life, disconnected from the excitement, energy and warmth of a city. The emotions and ideas were specifically drawn from a selection of places I spent time growing up and the retrospective view I have now I live in London. I didn’t want it to have an overly nostalgic feel but non the less having moved to various other cities since growing up and now living in London I think it was slightly inevitable when looking back. As well as trying to create a sense of isolation there was also a conscious effort to try and create a literal feeling of being cold. I lived for large parts of my life in wind battered seaside towns so the coldness was very real and coupled with feeling detached (geographically) often a little relentless.