Following a string of much loved EP’s and remixes for the likes of Astro Nautico and Ninja Tune, we are thrilled to announce that we will now be representing Photay for shows across Europe, in line with the release of his next album ‘Onism’, set for release on August 11th. Having received strong support from the likes of Gilles Peterson Worldwide, BBC 6 Music, Fader and Self-Titled, Photay will embark on the European leg of his worldwide Onism tour in Autumn 2017.
Familiarise yourself with his music and forthcoming album below, and get in touch with Phil for EU tour availabilities.
“Nature documentaries of the 1970s used synthesizer music to score messages about species endangerment and environmental disaster prevention. Electronic instrumentation was in itself an ominous warning of the reckless advancement of technology and an effort to audition a utopian harmony between people and machines and nature.
Shornstein contrasts spacious near-silence with bombastic saturated peaks. Fangled robotic tones (“Screens”) meet with forest oor ambience (“Storm”), evoking visual designs for the built and natural worlds, while the overwhelm of metropolis (“Balsam Massacre”) and the digital age (“The Everyday Push”) is eased by the liberatory forests of Woodstock (“Outré Lux” feat. Madison Mcferrin) and assumptions into imagined realities (“Bombogenesis”). The demonic swing of “Balsam Massacre” imagines the sounds of a tree’s innards as it is felled with a chainsaw, while ’Storm’ thunders distantly in triumphant reverie. On ‘Aura,’ Shornstein sings for the second time in his career (“Take the time to hear yourself”). The message hints at a common denom- inator to his meditations, resonating also as a warning to the world, an everyday push to the role of electronic music in storytelling the future of the global environmentalist movement.”