Ahead of his show at Semibreve Festival in Braga, Portugal, The Quietus spoke to Luke Abbott about his recent collaborative work with Portico Quartet’s Jack Wyllie.
Read the interview in full over on The Quietus’ website.
Stream the Luke Abbott & Jack Wyllie EP below.
Following a busy and high profile 2014 that saw the release of his hugely acclaimed second album ‘Wysing Forest’ last June, Luke Abbott has announced a new release in the form of his original score for forthcoming British film ‘The Goob’.
The composition, which has already picked up the Best Soundtrack award at November’s prestigious Stockholm Film Festival, is released via Luke’s own Buffalo Temple label on May 25th.
Luke Abbott likes mistakes. They give his music the additional depth of a human touch. He’s the type of artist who allows his drums to drift out of time. His notes are sometimes off, and you can often hear the hiss of tape noise in his tracks. Abbott once found the MIDI controllers he was using unsatisfactory, so he built his own. (He’s also fond of assembling synthesizers.) At the heart of his music is a modular system—Abbott values its versatility and unpredictability. On two albums and a handful of EPs, Abbott has brought all of this to bear, creating a catalogue of rich and unconventionally pretty music that’s best described as modern kosmische. It’s a sound him and James Holden, whose Border Community label has released both of Abbott’s albums, specialise in. Abbott’s latest album, Wysing Forest, which was released in June, was written during a musician-in-residence programme he completed at the Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire. The record is mostly based on live recordings and improvisation, an approach that yielded nine deliciously freeform tracks that rank among his most unique and personal work.
Abbott has never been a DJ, but that hasn’t stopped him creating a strikingly beautiful podcast for Resident Advisor, blending his influences with some of his like-minded contemporaries.
You can listen to the podcast and read his brief interview with RA here.
Stressful week? Us too, so forget it all and drift away into another – far more pleasant – world entirely, via Luke Abbott’s psychedelic, sedated Clash mix.
A long-established part of the family at Border Community – James Holden’s experimental electro label – synth-obsessive Luke Abbott has been quietly releasing various slices of lo-fi electronic gold over the years. After colourful, woozy 2010 debut album ‘Holkham Drones’ introduced us to his analogue ways, Abbott is back with his second album. Titled ‘Wysing Forest’ – named after the arts centre in Cambridgeshire where the album was recorded and where Abbott became the first musician-in-residence – it’s a heady, otherworldly affair that mixes soundscaping with electro-acoustic production, showcasing the producer’s capacity for crafting vast, engulfing electronic tapestries.
Listen to the mix in full here
Luke Abbott will be embarking on a small tour of the UK in June, to coincide with his new album ‘Wysing Forest’ on Border Community. Each show will be very intimate, never exceeding 200 people, with support coming from Rival Consoles.
Luke will also be playing at a special event in May at Oval Space in London, supporting ‘HIVE’, Tyondai Braxton’s multi-instrumentalist project.
May 20th – London – Oval Space – HIVE w/ Tyondai Braxton – TICKETS
Check out the video below for a taste of Luke’s new material.
Ahead of his new LP on James Holden’s ‘Border Community’ imprint, Luke Abbott delivers a lush and infectious rework of Swedish three-piece Simian Ghost’s ‘Echoes of Songs’.
Luke’s new album is due for release in April, with a stunning new live show currently taking dates for the remainder of the year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.