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Minor Science // Absent Friends Vol. III LP

Minor Science // Absent Friends Vol. III LP

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This is the debut record by Minor Science, an ambient artist born in the UK and living in Germany, released on the IDM label Balmat in Barcelona, ​​Spain in September 2023.

Contains 8 dreamy ambient ~ IDM songs.

*If you would like a digital sound source, please feel free to contact us.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Lapsus / Balmat releases available at Tobira. 

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Ask us for digital files. 12" black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro 01:14
  2. Dread the Evening 05:52
  3. Sun Turn 04:04
  4. The Dinas Walk 04:40
  5. Summer Diary 04:12
  6. Life Texture 05:26
  7. Contingency 07:39 video
  8. Gather Your Party (Dispersed Mix) 05:44

Text excerpt by Balmat:

"Minor Science—aka UK-born, Berlin-based musician Angus Finlayson—makes his Balmat debut with 'Absent Friends Vol. III', the third installment in a shape-shifting series across a variety of formats and platforms. And with it, he pushes forward his vision of ambient music as neither static vista or merely mood-setting atmosphere, but rather a dynamic matrix of textures, sensations, and even rhythms[...]

[...] 'Absent Friends Vol. III' is an album of studio versions of the music developed for the live show. But in Minor Science's world, even a category as simple as “studio versions” is slightly opaque. “Most of these tracks weren't 'composed' in the studio,” Finlayson explains: “The sounds started out as stems and source material for the live show, and might not have been intended to go together—but then through performance , they settled into shapes that worked. I then recreated those performances in the studio.” That organic process of ideation and realization might help explain the unusual coherence of the album, in which sounds and textures flow seamlessly from one to the next, sometimes seeming to stand still, and sometimes looping back. There are virtually no melodies, few recognizable motifs or riffs, yet the eight-track album still moves with a distinctive logic and a determined sense of purpose, from the frozen-in-time shimmer of the opening “Introduction” through the early cuts' studies of space and light; from the seemingly autobiographical “Summer Diary” through the rushing trance (yes, trance) arpeggios of “Contingency” and on to the dulcet denouement of the closing “Gather Your Party (Dispersed Mix).”

The album’s underlying themes—reflected in Witherden’s video for lead single “Dread the Evening”, as well as the print that accompanies the limited-edition version of the LP—include psychedelia and togetherness, universal cornerstones of virtually any experience of dance music. “ Overall I see this record as almost like a photographic negative of the other release I did this year, 064 on AD93,” says Finlayson. That EP's two fiercely peak-time-oriented tracks, “Workahol” and “Casheine,” offer 'a response, by way of caricature, to the time scarcity, precarity, and hypercompetitiveness that are features of my life right now (and I think many other people's too),' he says. 'Absent Friends Vol. III responds to the same situation in a contrasting way. I like that both have a clock on the cover. Both invite you to consider the passage of time. On the club record, time is finite and ticking away fast. On this one, there are little moments where the secondhand seems to pause.'"


Artist: Minor Science

Label: Balmat

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This is the debut record by Minor Science, an ambient artist born in the UK and living in Germany, released on the IDM label Balmat in Barcelona, ​​Spain in September 2023.

Contains 8 dreamy ambient ~ IDM songs.

*If you would like a digital sound source, please feel free to contact us.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Lapsus / Balmat releases available at Tobira. 

--------------------------

Ask us for digital files. 12" black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro 01:14
  2. Dread the Evening 05:52
  3. Sun Turn 04:04
  4. The Dinas Walk 04:40
  5. Summer Diary 04:12
  6. Life Texture 05:26
  7. Contingency 07:39 video
  8. Gather Your Party (Dispersed Mix) 05:44

Text excerpt by Balmat:

"Minor Science—aka UK-born, Berlin-based musician Angus Finlayson—makes his Balmat debut with 'Absent Friends Vol. III', the third installment in a shape-shifting series across a variety of formats and platforms. And with it, he pushes forward his vision of ambient music as neither static vista or merely mood-setting atmosphere, but rather a dynamic matrix of textures, sensations, and even rhythms[...]

[...] 'Absent Friends Vol. III' is an album of studio versions of the music developed for the live show. But in Minor Science's world, even a category as simple as “studio versions” is slightly opaque. “Most of these tracks weren't 'composed' in the studio,” Finlayson explains: “The sounds started out as stems and source material for the live show, and might not have been intended to go together—but then through performance , they settled into shapes that worked. I then recreated those performances in the studio.” That organic process of ideation and realization might help explain the unusual coherence of the album, in which sounds and textures flow seamlessly from one to the next, sometimes seeming to stand still, and sometimes looping back. There are virtually no melodies, few recognizable motifs or riffs, yet the eight-track album still moves with a distinctive logic and a determined sense of purpose, from the frozen-in-time shimmer of the opening “Introduction” through the early cuts' studies of space and light; from the seemingly autobiographical “Summer Diary” through the rushing trance (yes, trance) arpeggios of “Contingency” and on to the dulcet denouement of the closing “Gather Your Party (Dispersed Mix).”

The album’s underlying themes—reflected in Witherden’s video for lead single “Dread the Evening”, as well as the print that accompanies the limited-edition version of the LP—include psychedelia and togetherness, universal cornerstones of virtually any experience of dance music. “ Overall I see this record as almost like a photographic negative of the other release I did this year, 064 on AD93,” says Finlayson. That EP's two fiercely peak-time-oriented tracks, “Workahol” and “Casheine,” offer 'a response, by way of caricature, to the time scarcity, precarity, and hypercompetitiveness that are features of my life right now (and I think many other people's too),' he says. 'Absent Friends Vol. III responds to the same situation in a contrasting way. I like that both have a clock on the cover. Both invite you to consider the passage of time. On the club record, time is finite and ticking away fast. On this one, there are little moments where the secondhand seems to pause.'"


Artist: Minor Science

Label: Balmat