Journey guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell has launched a second single from his new collaboration with Essex-based synth and harp duo Masal. An edited model of ‘Murmuration Of Heat Dappled Gentle On Her Again After Swimming’ is out on all digital platforms right this moment, and you may watch the video by Jean de Oliveira beneath.
This gorgeous piece of music was the primary monitor they labored on collectively after an opportunity assembly at a present in Chelmsford at the beginning of 2022 and is fairly completely described by Andy as “frozen glaciers of guitar and waterfalls of harp over fields of synth drones”.
Tidal Love Numbers is launched on Might 19 and will probably be obtainable as a CD and digitally. There may even be a restricted cassette model that can solely be obtainable on the Impartial Label Market in London on Might 20 and the present at The Social on Might 21. It’s made up of 4 mesmerising, meandering instrumental tracks that mix Andy’s unimaginable guitar taking part in with analogue synths and harp.
Andy’s historical past in Journey, Oasis and quite a few different bands is well-known, and his solo profession has additionally taken off; his most up-to-date album, Flicker, was considered one of final 12 months’s best. Masal, in the meantime, got here collectively in Leigh-on-Sea after an opportunity assembly in a charity store.
Al Johnson has carried out and launched data as Alien for various years now, whereas OuncesSimsek studied classical harp whereas rising up in Turkey earlier than becoming a member of a jazz band. Since relocating to the UK she has labored with the likes of Viv Albertine and Gazelle Twin. The duo linked over a shared love of digital and world music and launched their debut album Charity Store in 2020.
The collaboration happened after Masal supported Andy at an Andy Bell House Station gig in Chelmsford throughout Impartial Venue Week at the beginning of 2022. They received chatting on the night time, and bonded over Guarantees, the collaboration between Floating Factors, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra.
“After listening to it, I felt there was one thing in that space for me, if I discovered the correct collaborators,” says Andy, explaining how the vastly acclaimed 2021 launch was successfully the start line for this new venture. “So, I used to be sort of looking out from that time. I’ve all the time liked the sound of harp music – Alice Coltrane and Joanna Newsom are each agency favourites – and so, once I met Ouncesand Al, it appeared prefer it might be a great mixture.”
“The second Andy talked about his love of the Floating Factors/Pharoah Sanders album, I knew we have been pondering alongside the identical traces,” says Oz. “As a lifelong shoegazer, Al already shared a typical musical background and path, however we received chatting over texts and emails and really quickly we have been exchanging musical concepts.”
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Andy was impressed by the likes of William Basinski, Harold Budd, Ariel Kalma’s Osmose and Babe, Terror’s Historic M’ocean, whereas Masal shared their love for Prince Lasha, Turkish prog and folks, medieval harp music and Guitarrorists, a 1991 compilation of outsider guitar.
The tip outcome – mastered by Andy’s Journey bandmate Mark Gardener – lands someplace between Mary Lattimore, psych-folk guitarist Sandy Bull and Spacemen 3’s Dreamweapon, with the 4 items subtly ebbing and flowing from pastoral choosing to psychedelic bliss to noisy drones and again once more, all punctuated by Ouncess heavenly harp.
Regardless of their size, the tracks by no means outstay their welcome, and their stream-of-consciousness titles add to the sense of intrigue. “I needed super-long titles like Felt,” explains Andy. “And I needed to cram into them as a lot imagery and emotion as doable.”
It labored – it’s an extremely satisfying journey, as centered and vivid as it’s fuzzy and imprecise. It’s time to drift away with the Tidal Love Numbers.
1. Murmuration Of Heat Dappled Gentle On Her Again After Swimming
2. The Slight Unease Of Seeing A Crescent Moon In Blue Noon Sky
3. Tidal Love Dialog In That Acquainted Golden Orchard
4. A Pyramid Hidden By Centuries Of Neon Inexperienced Undergrowth
Following the discharge of the album, on Saturday, Might 20, Andy Bell & Masal will probably be DJing on the Impartial Label Market at Coal Drops Yard in London and signing copies of the album on the Sonic Cathedral stall. On Sunday, Might 21 they make their dwell debut at The Social in London with help from Richard Pike aka Deep Studying and particular visitor DJ Richard Norris. Tickets are on sale now.