The Portland electroacoustic duo will release their next LP through Thrill Jockey in March.
The Portland-based duo of Matt Carlson (a modular synthesizer specialist and member of the Parenthetical Girls) and Jonathan Sielaff, who plays the bass clarinet, have been working together under the name since 2008. They've released a handful of CD-Rs and two albums so far, including 2012's Occupied With The Unseen for Thrill Jockey. Their new one will see them return to the Chicago experimental outpost.
Seer was recorded over the span of two years, a more deliberate pace which allowed the duo to learn new instruments and also "spend considerable time meticulously editing the work," which they claim helped to foster a new approach to composition. As is usual with Carlson and Sielaff's music, at its core Seer is experimental and electroacoustic, melding the sounds of the clarinet with modular synthesizers and other processed bits and bobs. Opener "Petrichor," for example, creates otoacoustic emissions—"the generation of new resonance within the inner-ear as a rectification of two perfectly toned and opposing frequencies"—according to the press release, which also states that the LP is "emotionally dynamic rather than adopting a confrontational stance toward the listener."
02. Sharp Stones
04. Flight Song
Thrill Jockey will release Seer on March 24th, 2014.