Stroboscopic Artefacts label head Lucy has announced his third solo album earlier today. The follow-up to 2014’s magnificent ‘Churches Schools and Guns’ is called ‘Self Mythology’ and will be out on May 6.
According to the press release ‘listeners will be struck immediately by how different it sounds from Lucy’s past productions, while it is able to retain the feel of relentless questing that has defined his previous two solo LPs ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ and ‘Churches Schools and Guns’. ‘Initially feeling like Lucy is guiding his listeners on a slow and slightly apprehensive down-river trip through the Amazon, or some similarly thriving but as-of-yet undiscovered terrain, the album is enriched by several layers of ambience and by the wordless, improvisational (yet still somehow narrative) vocals and flute of Jon Jacobs.’
‘The third entry in Lucy’s trio of adventurous full-lengths is visually introduced by artwork of a pearl-bearing shell, designed by Stroboscopic Artefacts’ resident visual artist (and Lucy’s brother) Ignazio Mortellaro. This drops a subtle hint as to the nature of its contents: just as a pearl slowly forms within its enclosing body in response to organic challenges, Lucy’s work is also a kind of crystallization of memory and experience into an artifact of great value.’
‘Interestingly, many of the tracks on Self-Mythology refer to old legends and well-known fairytales (e.g. the opening track which references Baba Yaga’s magical hut), or to more broadly defined states of consciousness (‘Samsara’, which features an especially strong, sustained choral interplay between glassy synth sequences and earthy flute sonorities). This is where the album is truly unique and relevant in its ambition. The interplay between the graphic design, the vocal and flute performances of Jacobs, and the sound design chosen by Lucy aims to be an intimate audio autobiography of its creators while also referring back to the stories that have shaped human destiny for millennia. This work is a meditation upon the reciprocity between personal hopes and fears and collective dreams and nightmares; an exploration of the endless interplay between the universal and the deeply individual. It is the tale of that uncanny process by which our own conscious experience draws from the pool of archetypal information, while also contributing to it.’
With the new album Lucy also announced a new live show concept ‘combining the deft electronic maneuvers and percussive flourishes of Lucy, the hyper-real scenography of Ignazio Mortellaro (a.k.a. Oblivious Artefacts) and Jon Jacobs’ entrancing contributions of improvised vocalization, flute and additional percussion, these events will be geared towards audiences with a thirst for genuine communion with the performers.’
‘Self Mythology’ is out on May 6 through Stroboscopic Artefacts.