After a recent nomadic hibernation, LA Priest has returned with news of 'GENE', his forthcoming second album, due for release on 24th April 2020. Along with news of ‘GENE’, LA Priest has shared ‘What Moves?’ the first track from the album. Directed by LA Priest himself, the video for ‘What Moves?’ is available to watch now.
'GENE' arrives four years after the iconoclast variously known as Sam Eastgate, Sam Dust and LA Priest thrilled the world with the cosmic pop of his debut album ‘Inji’, his first LP for Domino and his first solo output following the disbanding of former outfit, Late Of The Pier. ‘GENE’ also follows the 2016 project Soft Hair in which Sam teamed up with Connan Mockasin for an instant cult-classic album.
'GENE', the album, is named after a brand new analog drum machine Sam dreamt up and built alone. Working in isolation for more than two years in California, Wales and England’s south coast, soldering iron in hand, Sam developed the inners of 'GENE' using dozens of electrical circuits he made up himself. The creation came after a search for an alternative to the structure and rigor of standard drum machines. Its unique rhythmic patterns are the focal point for the album, which is coloured by lush, pastoral tones, paired with the influence of his environmental changes.
The product of clear-eyed focus, the record offers a one-way ticket into a dimension entirely of Sam’s own making. 'GENE' is the most complete realisation of his vision yet. These songs are on a quest for meaning, exploring the limits of their maker’s abilities.
Coaxed into life with the juicy groove of 'Beginning', the record struts and sparkles through ’Rubber Sky’ and ‘What Moves’ towards the melancholic interlude of 'Sudden Thing' and the gigantic noise of centerpiece 'Monochrome', taking a sharp turn in the final third towards something darker and more mystical.
'GENE' track list:
Beginning Rubber Sky What Moves? Peace Lily Open My Eyes Sudden Thing Monochrome What Do You See Kissing of the Weeds Black Smoke Ain’t No Love Affair
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