Something special for you here! We've got a premiere. It's from a tape on Oxtail Recordings, a split release from Leaaaves and Opaline...
Leaaaves is Nate Wagner, a North Carolina-based artist whose Bandcamp bio reads "disintegration fruitloops". That sums him up I think, in that his music has the sombre air and gravitas of the likes of William Basinski, but retains a knowing, goofy humour to it. This release follows the scorched beauty of tapes like We Will Forget Our Sadder Days In Summers That Never End (from which I included a track on my Shock World Service mix). It's wonderfully languid, and parts of it remind me of the scorched beauty of Para One's soundtrack for Naissance des Pieuvres. Floating synths and muted arpeggios abound, a sort of arrested motion suspended in mid-air hanging throughout.
The second side comes from Opaline, aka Hunter P. Thompson. It's a single piece that begins on a similar tip, drifting ambient, yet it builds in tempo and aggression, reaching a steady pulse two-thirds in. Eventually, it wobbles and fades away.
I'm delighted to be able to share this track with you, and I hope you like it as much as I do.