320 kbps, LAME-encoded
Available on Limited Edition Clear Vinyl (500 Copies Worldwide) and Standard Black Vinyl.
LuckyMe present the new album from New York based percussionist and composer Eli Keszler. Previously releasing music on Empty Editions, ESP Disk, PAN as well as ‘Stadium’ on Shelter Press – Boomkat’s 2018 Album Of The Year. A frequent collaborator to Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo and Rashad Becker. Keszler’s work has shown at The Lincoln Centre, MoMA PS1, MIT List and The Barbican.
Icons offers up a latticework of melodic percussion, drum set, and electro-acoustic instrumentation, built upon fragments of American abstraction, ancient scales, industrial percussion, and jazz-age film noir to achieve its feeling of imperial decay. Keszler’s instrumental performances are framed by panoramic recordings of New York City and the Odyssey Cave, along with other on-location audio from his global travels, defining an expansive music that takes on hyperreal forms difficult to describe outside of the loss and wonderment that defines our age.
“Icons is the music I made during a time where travel and trade were effectively suspended” states Keszler. “I spent nights wandering around Manhattan collecting recordings of the empty and silent city where a car alarm was audible from blocks away, where the hum of the electrical grid and the clash of bicycle gears suddenly occupied a massive amount of space. I spent the entirety of that year in Manhattan, probably the longest I’ve stayed in one place in over a decade. The island was essentially shut down and running at an erratic pace. The speed of the city seemed to oscillate from intense speed - ambulances, protests, helicopters — to near stasis — a sort of beautiful, strange, serene stillness. I saw something strange and beautiful happening: power cracking and people changing. With Icons, I was working with these mythological tropes that are deteriorating and decaying before our eyes to create a music that finds beauty in our fragile and unstable reality.
Digital Track List
- 1 All the Mornings in the World 6:41 Buy
- 2 God Over Money 3:36 Buy
- 3 The Accident 4:36 Buy
- 4 Daily Life 2:35 Buy
- 5 Rot Summer Smoothes 2:53 Buy
- 6 Dawn 5:34 Buy
- 7 Static Doesn't Exist 6:01 Buy
- 8 Late Archaic 3:45 Buy
- 9 Civil Sunset 4:02 Buy
- 10 Evenfall 6:44 Buy
- 11 We sang a dirge, and you did not mourn 2:27 Buy