– HEAR NEW TRACK ‘ANEEK’
– DEBUT ALBUM ‘COLOSSAL SQUID’
TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 25 VIA BLOOD & BISCUITS
– WHOLE ALBUM RECORDED LIVE USING TRIGGERS ON DRUM KIT
Photo Credit: Jo Bongard
Today Adam Betts shares the second track from his debut album ‘Colossal Squid’, which is due 25th November on Blood and Biscuits.
‘Colossal Squid’ showcases Betts’ unique approach to music combining his love for the irregularities in electronic music (by the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and more recently Arca and Oneohtrix Point Never) with his visceral connection to live drums.
Recorded live in this very video clip, “ANEEK” takes in sounds from a sample pack made by music technologist & producer Aneek Thapar and was co-written by Three Trapped Tigers collaborator John Calvert (Ghostpoet, NAO). It is demonstrative of the record’s ethos that, no matter how exciting or odd the texture, each track should be turned into a piece of music with real form and shape.
Watch/hear ANEEK (recorded live)
As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music, and celebrating the flaws thrown up when one tries to replicate the other. Taking the “Drums Vs Electronics / Man Vs Machine’” idea he’s been developing behind the kit for TTT, The Heritage Orchestra and more recently when headhunted by Squarepusher, but this album has a wider focus.
Having originally written, developed and recorded an earlier version of ‘Colossal Squid’ over a few months in various studios around London, the opportunity arose to record a live session. The resulting recordings captured such an enthralling energy & spontaneity that they instantly usurped the previous studio versions & became the final recordings for this release.
“It clicked that this was the way to represent the material in the best way possible – performed entirely live, as it happened. Any “mistakes”, any looseness, felt like a step away from the feeling of material being written with the click of a mouse at a computer.” explains Betts. “It’s really a punk album with tape delays instead of guitar chords.”
“So much electronic music has had concerns with performance – how much of the amazing programmed music can be recreated live? For me music has been so much about the connection between the performers onstage and the audience.”
To record the album live like this, Betts took a unique approach, making a series of instruments on Ableton – a combination of effects, synths, and samples, all that could be triggered from the drum kit or SPD-SX – and “playing” them live, with the freedom to take the pieces in a variety of unplanned directions.
Working with previous Three Trapped Tigers collaborator John Calvert (Ghostpoet, NAO) on tracks ‘FUB’, ‘Substance Enthusiast’ and ‘Aneek’, the ethos was that no matter how exciting or odd the texture, it was important to turn each track into a piece of music with real form and shape. So, for all it’s technicality, experimentalism & idiosyncrasy, ‘Colossal Squid’ is an evocative, absorbing & rewarding journey: avant-garde in formation, yet undeniably catchy & invigorating.
‘Colossal Squid’ is released digitally, on CD and Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl w/ download code on November 25th.
CD/LP/T-Shirt Bundles: http://bloodandbiscuits.limitedrun.com/artists/adam-betts
Adam Betts live dates:
Sept 16th Green Door Store, Brighton
‘Colossal Squid’ Tracklisting:
1. Drumbones (Youtube | Soundcloud)
3. Substance Enthusiast
4. Aneek (Youtube)
5. Hero Shit