Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Uniform Motion (RIYL: Midlake, Iron & Wine, Hood)

Installation #4 "Cast Iron" in Uniform Motion's live project leading to their 2010 release imitape. The band, along with an illustrator plan to release one episode per week until Christmas.

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In a press release the band described their mission thusly (unedited):

As with most biographies, this story begins with the utterances of hypnotic phrases being repeated over, and over, and over, again; ricocheting through a developing sensitive mind; with the whispering of bitter-sweet music before the age of reason. The words, the sounds and the looks that a young mind has processed cannot be erased. They can only be stored in different places. Under the influence of Steven Heller’s Monsters and Magical Sticks, the concept of Uniform Motion sees the light.

The principle is that we go through life in a continual straight line and that the trajectory we are on will never change unless something, or someone, hits us.

After years and years of selectively storing data and cruising down the highway of life (and a quick stint with Angle -We'll Pick Up the Pieces Next Time, 2006), Andrew Richards picks up an old battered guitar. Two of the strings were missing, but that’s how that guitar was meant to me, so she would stay that way.

The 4-string guitar is the backbone of this album. Multiplied, duplicated, interlaced, and dissonant – as if there were different personalities trying to jump out of it. The vocals follow the same pattern - when strummed guitar strings become strings of words, or soft utterances that give substance to a subconscious idea. The beating of African percussion can be heard in the background, emanating from an urban soundscape, evoking a primitive nature, an imaginary journey, a calm floating sensation. The guitars hold this all together.

Some may think that Rain&Soil is reminiscent of the magnetism of Midlake’s Roscoe, that the generosity of Earthly Diamond resembles that of Sufjan Stevens’ work, that the vocals point towards the softness of Iron & Wine. Some may even sense José Gonzalez’s guitars resonating in the picture somewhere. Or perhaps there’s something you can’t quite put your finger on that makes you think of Peter Gabriel. The author of the biography can’t argue with any of that.

From Monday 5th October, up until around Christmas, the we'll be publishing a series of episodes every week, each episode including a song, a video and an interactive comic strip illustrating the song, along with the lyrics. Feel free to sign up for our mailing list. if you do, we'll send you a link to download the digital album and booklet containing the comics.


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