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Volume two of the collaboration between me, Andy Edwards and Phi Yaan-Zek. Vol 1 was recorded as a series of improvised pieces, but then Phi edited it fairly heavily - nothing was actually rebuilt from samples, but some fairly big edits were done and song structures carved out. For Vol II, this is as we played it - improvised in the moment. Some of the tracks are topped and tailed to edit out waffle, but this is what we did.

It's weirder, heavier (MUCH heavier in places!), darker, and the cross-over between my sounds and Phi's sounds is harder than ever to disentangle. I also used the Quneo to play synths and some electronic percussion on a couple of tracks. It's not easy listening by any stretch, but hopefully it's rewarding. I love revisiting it and being surprised by what we did!

Also of note, if you want to hear the entire session in order - Phi and I recorded The Quiet After The Drums at the end of this session, after Andy had to go and get his kids from school - who said rock n roll was dead? :)

I really love playing with Phi and Andy - this feels like a collaboration that could keep going for a long time. We've so much more ground to explore. Hopefully we'll be back in the studio soon.

We've also got plans for some live shows, so that's next...

Til then, please do check out their other music on Bandcamp:

phiyaan-zek.bandcamp.com (this album will be released publicly on Phi's Bandcamp page in the next few weeks - so if you want to be able to share it with other people, that'll be possible)
andyedwards.bandcamp.com

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released December 13, 2016

Steve Lawson - bass, loops, processing, electronic percussion, synth and mastering.
Andy Edwards - drums and cymbals
Phi Yaan-Zek - guitar, things that are guitar but really don't sound like guitar, processing, mixing, editing

Recorded at Kidderminster College, December 2015

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Steve Lawson UK

The UK's most celebrated solo bassist, here with lots of looped/layered solo albums, & collaborations, most notably with genius singer Lobelia. Dig in deep, there's a lot to discover.

Pretty much all the music here is 'Pay What You Think It's Worth', so listen as much as you like, & do what it says on the tin...

As the website strap-line goes, it's the soundtrack to the day you wish you'd had.
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