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Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV — Sirens
VINYL LP + DIGITAL
CATALOG UR078 — Released May 2015


Composed and recorded by Kara-Lis Coverdale and David Sutton. Mastered by John Tejada.

Cover photograph by Cody Cobb. Design & layout by Daniel Castrejón.

TRACKLIST / 44 minutes

01 Tunnel Vision
02 Territory of Subtle Entries
03 Disney
04 Grigori in Jakarta
05 Buffering Landscape
06 Sub­fall (to)
07 Borrowed Memory (from)
08 Informant



VINYL LP — SOLD OUT
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Sirens is the first collaborative LP of Kara-Lis Coverdale (Tim Hecker, L/B) and LXV (David Sutton). Following their respective solo cassette releases Aftertouches (2015) and Spectral Playmate (2014) on Sacred Phrases, Coverdale and LXV debut on Umor Rex with a collection of multi-textural and multi-source electronic music rich in narrative, melody, and spectral intrigue.

Inspired by the link between seduction and violence, Sirens comprises a series of timbrally vast anamorphic pieces that poise the voice as a newly imagined tool of multiplicity. Processes of sample manipulation, signal processing, routing, and source design inform instrumental writing and performance in feedback until intertwined, flickering between states of conflict and consonance. Apparitions of the schitzophrenic voice are at one moment fractured and cold and at the next full of warmth and vivaciousness, embodying velvet rituals of romanticism in the digital age.

Ultimately, Sirens is music for ambitious dreamers: surreal sound portraits sound like the warmth of the world laid over an ice cold virtual altar. LXV’s vocal truncations and fleshy sound palettes depict the archivation of the breath and aural fantasies of the flesh which Coverdale sets amongst a vast and unconfined landscape of deeper and unknown force. Harmonically active and dynamic orchestrations underpin post-sacred tonalities while brooding pipe organs, sphinx flutes, and hailstorms of metallic percussion characterize uniquely disjointed discussions between disparate compositional ontologies. At times violent and at others serenely peaceful and seductive, these pieces, at their most powerful moments illuminate a felt space between cybernetic energy and the body. Between Oneohtrix Point Never and Juliana Barwick for their surreal sound portraits, that warm sound laid over an ice cold altar.



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