A free introduction to the band, Selsey Reflections features the single Ahead Finitely taken from the new album Gravity's Dirty Work, together with exclusive and archive tracks: the odd time signature sequences of Selsey Reflections; the intense live performance of Light Sleeper; and the first track recorded by the project that became Darkroom, the 18-minute dub collage Alien Grace, restored and remastered for 2013.
'Gravity's Dirty Work' can be pre-ordered now here on Bandcamp.
* ahead finitely
Part of the 2013 album Gravity’s Dirty Work. darkroomtheband.bandcamp.com/album/gravitys-dirty-work
Like Oxygene IV re-imagined by Bill Laswell, Ahead Finitely sees the trademark Darkroom mix of atmospheric loops and abrasive guitars placed alongside vintage analogue synthesiser pulses.
Ahead Finitely, the accompanying short film by Richard Smith (director of No-Man's Mixtaped and Returning) and Andrew Swann, can be seen at www.vimeo.com/16620132
A 'making of' video, including interviews with the band, can be seen at www.vimeo.com/16760728
* selsey reflections
Selsey Mirrors was Darkroom's contribution to the Loopers’ Delight 12.12.12 project, coordinated by Georgina Brett and Kavstik Kurva
Edited and remixed in 2013 to become Selsey Reflections.
Based on sequencer patterns formed from divisors of 12 (6, 4, 3, 2) in order, generating a 15/8 feel that drifts in and out of phase at 144 bpm. Other goals for the piece originally were that it should be 12 minutes long, and incorporate a 12 string electric guitar played through 12 pedals. To bring it all back down to earth, we then shredded the modular synth through a vintage germanium fuzz.
Selsey Mirrors: remembering the Astronomer.
* light sleeper
Recorded live in September 2012. From the rehearsals for Darkroom’s London 2012 mini-tour, with minimal editing.
Solo guitar, modular synthesiser and laptop. The first and so far only time Mike’s guitar pedals were MIDI-synced. A disco danse macabre.
* alien grace
Recorded to tape and mixed live in 1996 for the Nevers Film Festival, as backing for a live soundtrack performance to accompany a screening of the Roswell Alien Autopsy.
The first piece recorded by the project that became Darkroom.
released September 5, 2013
Michael Bearpark: electric guitars, pedals, loops and feedback, bass
Andrew Ostler: synthesizers, keyboards, programming
Recorded by Andrew Ostler
Mixed and produced by Darkroom
Finalised by Jon Astley (1) and Darkroom (2, 3, 4)
Image by Carl Glover for Aleph Studio
Special thanks: Richard Smith and Swanny (1), Georgina Brett and Kavstik Kurva, TouellSkouarn, Merv Pepler (2), John Fossey (3), Philip Ilson and David Kosten (4).