Zoe Mcpherson

“String Figures (lp)”

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LabelSVS RECORDSCat. No.SF01
FormatEXCL1LPDOrders fromFri, 02 Mar 2018
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LP (plus audiovisual videokontent that will be shared aside on the web) TRACKLISTING i. Sabotage Story (unknot opening) ii. Deep (prayer) ii. iii. Shaman (how I became) iv. Komusar (moving) v. Hardingfele (release) vi. Inoui(and free) vii. Transmission (so it shall never be lost) ZoŽ McPherson ‘String Figures’Debut audio-visual 12Ē LP released 2nd March 2018 on SVS RecordsCheck out the first video of ‘INOUI’ over on Nowness (goo.gl/QD7uG8) A multi-platform production that explores the overlap between the digital and the or-ganic through field recordings of Inuit throat singing may sound, on surface level, to be something that is a rather niche. However, Zoe Mc Phersonís exploration of this world on String Figures is a deeply rhythmic, immersive and forward-thinking piece of elec-tronic-leaning music that remains just as danceable as it does experimental. The album is fundamentally one of duality, exploring the traditional and the contem-porary, organic and electronic, audio and visual, history and the future. Rooted in this duality is also a core theme around string being one of the most ancient and playful art forms and the seemingly infinite possibilities it offers in terms of shapes, structures and figures lines up with this as a trans-global art project. One that over time will involve video art, choreography, 3D motion design, macro film, instrumental and electronic sound. Although for now is being presented through an AV performance, films and a record with Mc Pherson collaborating with director Alessandra Leone Over the seven tracks (which are laid out as chapters) the record explores glitchy elec-tronics, dub-tinged grooves, polyrhythms, and a huge array of instruments that takes in quiet blasts of atonal sax alongside wonky synths. This of course cross-pollinates with the throat singing and experimental field recordings to create an utterly inimitable sonic sphere. For Mc Pherson itís about mixing worlds, histories and timeframes and she uses a 199

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