‘Kissing Stones’ marks the belated return of UK artist Last Magpie, after an extended period of near isolation, living with his wife in the peace and quiet of Yorkshire's Peak District.
After releasing critically lauded music on the likes of Hypercolour, Losing Suki and Join Our Club, as well as remixing for the likes of Maya Jane Coles, the artist also known as Craig McNamara withdrew from the limelight almost as quickly as he had appeared on the scene.
Now he returns with a different perspective and this, his debut LP. Previously drawing upon his formative influences, from rock to rave and the dancefloor sounds of 90s, this new phase sees the producer crafting an album which instead looks to the stillness and scope of his surroundings to inform his sound, adding further sonic inspiration gleaned from contemporary sound designers like Barker, DJ Koze, Midori Takada, Floating Points and Robag Whrume.
‘Kissing Stones’ is a stirring and beautiful body of work which nestles moments of warm intimacy within sweeping sonic vistas. It is both soaringly epic and achingly personal in tone, and serves to further cement the indisputable fact that House, Techno and their progeny have outgrown the clubs where they were birthed, to crawl in to the public consciousness as the contemporary soundtrack which punctuates the modern condition. Magpie's return marks him once again as a distinctive and vital voice in electronic music, with a long
1. Feelings From The Depth Of My Soul
5. Kissing Stones
6. Sticks N Stone
12. The Space Between Words
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Published: 28th May 2020