With less than three weeks to go until the release of Holy Spring, and after sharing ‘Drum Chant’, Laurence Pike is enticing us again with the new stunning single ‘Dance Of The Earth’. It comes with an accompanying video, filmed in Porto and directed by Daniel Horvath. Here it is.
We had already heard and loved ‘Drum Chant’, the lead single from Laurence Pike´s much anticipated upcoming album Holy Spring. Now the inventive percussionist and composer has unveiled a fascinating video to accompany the track, directed by Clemens Habicht. “Clemens has physically tracked the ends of my drum mallets while I perform to create what you might describe as visual music,” explained Laurence. “For me it’s in the finest tradition of the experimental films of artists such as Norman McClaren or Len Lye.”
Clemens had this to say about it:
”Watching Laurence perform I found myself focusing on the round white mallet ends as if they were objects all of their own, separated from their sticks they became bouncing balls feverishly racing over the drums in a frenzy made all the more astonishing by their impossible precision at such speed.”
Relentless and inventive drummer and composer Laurence Pike has dazzled us time and again for over a decade now, with numerous other projects and collaborations within the realms of electronic, jazz and post-rock. Last year saw him release his celestial debut solo album, Distant Early Warning, and the good news is a follow-up has been announced. Entitled Holy Spring, Pike´s new record arrives on May 17th through The Leaf Label.
Improvisation has been a major element of his music, and it is the heart of the creative process on the upcoming record. “The aim for my solo work,” he says, “has been to use technology to expand the sonic potential of the drum kit, without ever limiting the capacity for human expression.” He adds: “The music simply playing itself, achieving what I now understand to be, and can only describe as ‘freedom’.”
Pike has let loose the album’s first single,’ ‘Drum Chant’ , and if that is anything to go by, we just can’t wait for May to come.
Inventive drummer and composer Laurence Pike is a busy guy. This year alone he released and toured his highly awaited celestial debut solo album, Distant Early Warning, and there’s an exciting new record from his band Szun Waves on the way.
Pike is back on the road this month, performing solo and also with Szun Waves. If you haven’t experienced his phenomenal drumming talents, just take a look at what you’re missing out on in his new live video for the title track ‘Distant Early Warning’, recorded at Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema.
Distant Early Warning, the highly awaited debut solo album from Laurence Pike is nearing its release date and he first shared the tantalizing single ‘Life Hacks’. For an astonishing glimpse into it, watch the live video that accompanies the track, filmed at Golden Age Cinema in Sydney. Alex Smith directs.
In other related news, and to celebrate the album’s release, Laurence Pike is embarking on a European tour this April, with a free headline show at The Waiting Room in London on April 9th.