LPE INITIAL OPTIMISM 2017

FEB 13            MILANO, IT @ SAN FEDELE

FEB 18            THE HAGUE, NL @ REWIRE X KORZO

MAR 26            BROOKLYN, NY @ THE MISSION

MAR 28            CHICAGO, IL @ THE EMPTY BOTTLE           

MAR 29            SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THE LAB           

MAR 31            LOS ANGELES, CA @ ZEBULON

APRIL 5            IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL

More to come…

Cruel Optimism: Heinz Riegler

Heinz Riegler and I have known one another for the better part of two decades. In the early 00s, I formed I/O3 with him and keyboardist Tam Patten and recorded a number of very early editions for Room40. Heinz also played on several of my early solo records. Having relocated to his homeland of Austria, we haven’t had some many opportunities to collaborate in recent years. Early this year Heinz returned to Australia and over one afternoon we recorded some overdubs that greatly shaped two of the pieces on Cruel Optimism. A few weeks later Heinz recorded some more sections for Object Of Projection, which were the closing passages for that piece. He is an incredible force and I count myself as very fortunate to have had benefitted from his contributions to this album. (Photo by Bryan Spencer)

Cruel Optimism: Chris Abrahams


My admiration for Chris Abrahams knows few bounds. You might know him as one third of the necks, or through his incredible solo work Room40 has had the pleasure to be part of making public. I was fortunate enough to have Chris perform on Cruel Optimism. He managed to transcend any and all of the esoteric notes I sent him about how I imagined harmony in the record. These hands are transformative.

TOP! 2016

Here’s 25 slabs of music that reached my soul and brought it joy in 2016!

Jenny Hval – Blood Witch (Sacred Bones)
Andy Stott – Too Many Voices (Modern Love)
Gas – Gas Box (Kompakt)
Gonçalo F Cardoso & Ruben Pater – A Study into 21st Century Drone Acoustics (Discrepant)
Chris Abrahams – Climb (Vegetable)
Thor And Friends – Self Titled (Living Music)
Olivia Block – Dissolution (Glistening Examples)
Sarah Davachi – Vergers (Important)
Swans – The Glowing Man (Young God)
Bwana – Capsule’s Pride (No Label)
Loscil – Monument Builders (Kranky)
Matmos – Ultimate Care II (Thrill Jockey)
Puce Mary – the Spiral (Posh Isolation)
Klara lewis – Too (eMego)
Equiknoxx – Bird_Sound_Power (DDS)
Burial – Young Death/Nightmarket (Hyperdub)
Will Long/DJ Sprinkles – Long Trax (Comatose)
Graham Lambkin – Community (Erst-Solo)
Andrew Pekler – Tristes Tropiques (faitiche)
David Grubbs – Primrose (Drag City)
Tim Hecker – Love Streams (4AD)
Oren Ambarchi – Hubris (eMego)
Jim O Rourke & Fennesz – It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry (eMego)
75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock (Other Music Recording Co.)
David Bowie – Blackstar (ISO)

Cruel Optimism : Norman Westberg

co_lpe_nwNorman Westberg came to visit in April this year. We took the days off around his concerts to record some new solo material for him. In the later evenings Norman kindly laid down some incredibly physical guitar playing. His knowledge of how to make amps saturate is beyond compare. His playing was hugely influential across the record. You can hear his Baritone guitar actions prominently on the piece Negative Drone.

The Glowing Cross

Though sorrow and darkness encompass the tomb,
Thy saviour has pass’d through its darkness before thee…
And the lamp of his Love
Is thy guide through the gloom

From Lauren Berlant

“And above all, I will argue the necessity for preserving, against all shame, a demanding question of revolution itself, a question about utopia that keeps pushing its way through a field of failed aspirations, like a student at the back of the room who gets suddenly, violently, tired of being invisible.”

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