LUKE ABBOTT - MUSIC FROM THE EDGE OF AN ISLAND
RELEASE DATE: 29.03 FORMAT: DL/LP/LTD
FLOAT proudly welcomes their second artist into the fold. UK electronic artist and Szun Waves band member Luke Abbott, presents a special 10-track album to celebrate Piano Day 2019 – an international event series initiated by Nils Frahm which acts as a platform for piano-related projects.
“It's a very self-contained body of work, I haven't ever made music with this kind of sound pallet before” – Luke Abbott
‘Music From The Edge Of An Island’ sees Abbott divert from his typically experimental electronic style to explore a more compositional approach centred around VST instruments. Rather than the usual themes of synthesis and improvisation, the album is lead by piano motifs, structured around emotive melodies and sparkling arrangements. The record began as a part of a soundtrack commission by producer / actor Jessica Hynes for her film ‘The Fight’ and ultimately became a fully-realised album. The film script had a coastal setting that created the record’s thematic idea: “I had this idea about being on the edge of England, almost ready to fall off a cliff into the sea but keeping your balance on the edge.”
The idea of writing for the piano had been ruminating for some months as Abbott found himself spending an increasing amount of time playing on the instrument. Without a piano of his own though, he found a strangely enchanting way to fulfil his creative impulse.
“I used to have an upright piano, but I'd given it away when I last moved house, so I ended up using a piano VST in the computer, which I actually really enjoyed. Writing the music became a bit of a weird fantasy process, I was in an odd headspace for a few days.“
The writing process was remarkably quick, resulting in simple yet inspired pieces that subtly blur the lines between MIDI computer music and live performance.
‘Music From The Edge Of An Island’ can be seen as a collection of gentle reveries that sway between the twilight hours, marked by moments of soft, contemplative ballads and more active and expansive motions. Opening track ‘Sea’ begins with a mysterious piano waltz before unnerving synth drones take over. ‘Island continues with piano triplet figures plus added orchestration of cello strokes and airy glass pads, before heading into the melancholic ‘Tree’, bringing in more strings and added pathos heard in the restless piano motif. Quieter passages are contrasted with the Gamelan-esque ‘Moments’ and the uplifting ‘On Rope’, whilst more lyrical moments on the album can be found in tracks such as ‘Adjustment’ and closing track ‘A Different Tree’.
'Music From The Edge Of An Island' will be released on Piano Day, March 29th on LP, Ltd Edition LP and Digital via FLOAT
Every record will contain a ‘How To Take Care of Your Piano Guide’ which has been specially commissioned for the release. The guide is informative as well as lighthearted and follows the 'How To Take Care of Your Vinyl Guide’, that accompanied FLOAT’s first record release.
Luke Abbott will also perform with Jack Wyllie at FLOAT’s Piano Day event at Earth, Hackney alongside a lineup that includes beatboxer Reeps One and FLOAT artist Andrea Belfi . Buy Tickets
4. The Archway
6. Seed Change
9. On Rope
10. A Different Tree
All tracks written, produced and recorded by Luke Abbott
Master and Vinyl Cut by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich at Calyx Mastering
Profile Image / Cover Art
Artwork and Design by FELD studio for digital crafts
Care guide illustrations by Leena Park, text by Sofia Ilyas and Markson Pianos
A Norwich Art School alumni with a degree in Electro-acoustic Composition from Norwich's UEA it was inevitable that Luke Abbott became Wysing Arts Centre’s first ever musician-in-residence. The experience marked out his unique connection between music and nature.
Perhaps best know for his break-out Modern Driveway EP which was sandwiched between his two Border Community LPs and released via Gold Panda’s NOTOWN label in 2012, Luke has also taken on production duties with Gold Panda, working on the artist’s third full release ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ in 2016 and then in 2018 the Gold Panda and Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco) collaborative album ‘On Reflection’ released under the monikor Selling.
2015 saw Luke debut his subsequently award-winning original feature film score to ‘The Goob’ (dir. Guy Myhill) a body of work subsequently released as ‘Music for a Flat Landscape’. 2016 continued his fervent musical pace as he collaborated with Portico Quartet saxophonist Jack Wyllie and Pivot drummer Laurence Pike on two separate releases – the latter become the trio Szun Waves, with their debut album ‘At Sacred Walls’ released in May that year.
In 2018 Szun Waves returned to the fore with their second album release ‘New Hymn To Freedom’ via the Leaf Label, the most critically acclaimed release in Luke’s canon so far. In between, he continues to write a third Luke Abbott album as well as work with a myriad of artists and musicians.
Luke’s remix CV reads like a Who's Who of the electronic world’s brightest – from an early adoption of John Talabot and Dan Deacon through to the latest esteemed bunch of inductees including Jon Hopkins, East India Youth, Nils Frahm and George Fitzgerald – have kept his club ties strong.