Following up from the stunning ‘You Will Soon Find That Life Is Wonderful’ 12” on Phonica’s Special Edi- tions imprint, Sad City returns to the label with his new EP ‘Introduction To Lisboa/ Sloe’.
Glasgow-based producer Gary Caruth has evolved a highly original sound; deep, lush and widescreen electronics, from melancholic to ecstatic. Sonically, he continues where his last record left off and feels like the perfect companion to that well-received debut for Phonica. The record as a whole is composed of field recordings, with the basis for the first half of the EP, ‘Introduction to Lisboa,’ utilising sound recorded in and around Lisbon. He explains, “I wanted the music and field recordings to meld at times, to obscure what was conventionally the musical element and what were field recordings, blurring the line between found sound and composition in the creation of a whole other.”
Opening track ‘Introduction To Lisboa’ builds and builds from near silence to a cacophony of field record- ings and looped horns. It melds into ‘Baixa Saxaphone’, where carefully paced percussion patiently enters over a wash of synth. From then on a delicate balance of restrained percussion and spine-tingling atmos- pherics interplay before descending into a blissful outro.
As with the previous EP, the 12” is packaged in technicolour artwork by acclaimed London designer Jack Featherstone.
Published: 23rd October 2014