Frontend Synthetics have released ‘engine detail’ by Master of Immersion Daniel Figgis, including a Bandcamp exclusive Crash Ensemble live performance extract from ‘dimmerswitch’.
“Glorious” -Dublin Digital Radio
“Epic” - Daily Star
“tense… intricate… leaves you wanting more” - Abstract Analogue
The ninth release this year is by Daniel Figgis, with sonic architect and guitar maestro Gerry Leonard, and an original sleeve image by Ireland’s leading landscape artist Donald Teskey.
'engine detail' is the first solo release from Figgis since the highly acclaimed 'Skipper', often cited as the greatest Irish album of all time, latterly taking time out for enormous landscape interventions such as MOTOR and TAMPER, interactive sound-installations such as
Dublin’s CITY HALL, and even a short movie, AWOL, which was uniquely conducted both underwater and under hypnosis.
'engine detail' affords us a glimpse of the chthonic: meditations on the natural cycle, the first of a series of digressions based on the ensemble composition 'dimmerswitch' (2012), a response to the birth of his son.
This bipartite project will be consolidated in December 2020 with 'engine detail - first digression', where Daniel is joined by folk/dub/jazz legend John Martyn and Australian improv wizard Oren Ambarchi, while 'engine detail - fourth digression' pairs Daniel’s Wexford Opera House commission AUDITORIUM with Crash Ensemble featuring Donal Lunny of The Bothy Band and Kate Bush fame amongst others, Gerry Leonard, and virtuoso cellist Arun Rao on a strictly limited 7” vinyl run.
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