The LA synth wiz will release a "new age" LP on Leaving Recotrds in June.
The Los Angeles-based producer is a major synth head, crafting ambient music under his own name, working with bands like Robedoor and Sun Araw and also dipping his toes into more dance-friendly waters with projects like Personable (which has released for labels like Opal Tapes and Peak Oil). His new album comprises "sprawling ambient explorations and deep, mystical drone," composed on modular synths—some of which are custom made. It's based on the story of Ishi, who was known as the "last wild Indian," or in less problematic terms, the last known Native American in the US to exist entirely outside of settler society when he was discovered in California in 1911.
Ishi has a more personal bent as well, inspired by "perpetual outsiders and their quest to understand the torrent of information they are constantly subjected to," according to Gengras himself. Gengras lost two people in his life who "suffered the same affliction," and he adds that "Ishi is a metaphor for that, the man who walks into our world understanding none of it but forced to live in it regardless. This is somewhere in between a prayer and a lullaby for him and for the rest of them, but also something for those of us left behind."
The record will come through fellow LA experimentalist Matthewdavid's Leaving imprint.
04. Vigil (CD & Digital Only)
Leaving Records will release Ishi on June 24th.