Recorded in the Southern California desert—including at a live show in a saloon—the duo's latest full-length drops in September.
The recording process for the UK duo's fourth album sets it apart from their previous outings—if not from lots of other contemporary electronic records. James Ford and Jas Shaw created a paired-down, computer-free but deeply powerful setup with live performance in mind. (For more on what they're working with, check out SMD's recent interview for our Machine Love series.) It effectively merged the nitty-gritty of writing a studio album with the flair of playing live. The album was primarily recorded over three days spent in the Southern California desert, with much of the material for the album taken from a show at a saloon near Joshua Tree National Park.
Given the nature of SMD's current approach, live shows will be a big part of promotion for this album—they played Sónar By Day last weekend, and they currently have Whorl dates in Tokyo and London on the calendar. The first single, Tangents, is set for release on June 30th. You can get a taste for the album now in the teaser video we've embedded below.
02. Dandelion Spheres
03. Sun Dogs
04. Hypnick Jerk
06. Z Space
09. Jam Side Up
11. Iron Henge
Anti Records will release Whorl on September 9th, 2014.