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.
Best known as the drumming force behind bands like PVT (formerly Pivot) and Triosk, unrelenting and inventive drummer and composer Laurence Pike has numerous other projects and collaborations under his belt. Pike has spent the last two decades recording and playing with an array of bands and artists intersecting with the realms of electronic and jazz music, including Savath and Savalas, Prefuse 73, Szun Waves, Bill Callahan, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, and legendary jazz pianist Mike Nock, to name but a few. We first heard of Pike when he released a solo drum 10″ under the name Laurenz Pike in 2006, featuring the monumental and perpetual favourite track ‘Drums For Fun And Fitness’. So we welcome the recent news of his debut solo album with excitement. Entitled Distant Early Warning, it arrives on March 30th through The Leaf Label. “Originally conceived as a technological and spiritual jazz suite for drums”, as the press release describes, the album is “a series of solo performances for kit and sampler recorded live in a single day”.
Speaking about the mood on Distant Early Warning, influenced by our post-factual society, Pike had this to say:
“The music on the album feels ominous, like a warning bell in the distance. This moment feels like a collision of ideas to me, a point of transition in human evolution. As a musician you try and stay connected and aware of changes in your environment but you don’t want certain ideals to get lost in the process. I guess that’s what is happening in the music, a confluence of perspectives and sounds, multiple flows of time, connecting and disconnection, known unknowns…”
Ahead of the album’s release, Laurence Pike is teasing it with the first tantalizing single ‘Life Hacks’.