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Steve Lawson and Robert Logan - the circle - Step Outside The Circle

from Best of Steve Lawson Pt4 (Collaborations, 2014​-​2021) by Steve Lawson



From the subscriber-only release "the circle" with Robert Logan.

These two recordings with Robert Logan are the 2nd part of the day we spent playing and recording last year - Step Outside The Circle was the 3rd studio improv, and goes to a very different place than the first two pieces - we steered away from the big ambient electronic territory we’d been exploring first time round, and instead explored a more fluid and meandering harmonic playground. The title, for me, relates to the idea that whenever I first play with someone the sum total of our knowledge of one another, and all the relational stuff that goes in in the run up to playing some music forms an invisible circle, that may not even be something that you’re both aware of, that provides a particular playground for those first adventures. For Robert and I, that was initially the ambient texture of the tracks on Pulse. Our shared knowledge of each others work and the times we’d played music together before suggested that would be a good place to start (though neither of us talked about it in those terms at all). But the third piece, we had stepped outside of that initial circle, and used our knowledge of it as a relief against which to tell a different story.



from Best of Steve Lawson Pt4 (Collaborations, 2014​-​2021), released November 4, 2022
Originally released October 19, 2018

Robert Logan synths and things
Steve Lawson bass and things

mixed and mastered by Steve.

all the music here was improvised live and is mixed but unedited.




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