A Path Less Travelled
A Path Less Travelled was initially released in 2010 on CD by the Room40 label. It quickly sold out and is now offered by Immune on vinyl for the very first time with brand new artwork. Cut to vinyl by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at D&M in Berlin and pressed on high-quality virgin vinyl the LP is housed in an uncoated stock jacket with a free download coupon. LP is limited to only 500 copies worldwide.
A Path Less Travelled is a collaboration between Japanese electro-acoustic quartet Minamo and Australian composer and media artist Lawrence English.
As the title suggests, A Path Less Travelled is an auditory venture beyond the hinterland of the sound worlds inhabited by Minamo and Lawrence English. It’s a collection of rich texture, pulsing vibration and reflective melody. A compelling union of Minamo’s restrained instrumentalism and Lawrence English’s considered sense of space and harmony.
Recorded and produced in Tokyo and Brisbane, this edition is an exchange of mutual curiosity and open ended possibility. Rather than setting out with prescriptive or didactic ideals for their meeting, the musicians looked further afield for influences to shape their interactions. Field recordings, for example, played an important role in contouring the albums qualities and atmospheres. Locations removed and refocused, moments captured and redeployed.
Drawing on Minamo’s sense of pace and sonic spatiality, English devised a number of arrangement strategies to compress, accentuate and expand Minamo’s initial sketches. Carefully editing and adding to the refined and measured contributions, the record took shape over two years of gradual process led production. A Path Less Travelled collects distant sonic smoke signals passed between one island and another.
“Between the placid beauty of Minamo’s disarticulated tunes and English’s harmonium and bass, the music courses with warmth… The drones are fat and windy, the instrumentation spindly and bright, creating a well-balanced sound mass that banks through prismatic timbres and textures.” – Pitchfork
“a clinical display of intelligent musicianship, an instructive demonstration on the sparing use of field recordings as layers and a textbook example of how to mix and master minimal music effectively.” – Fluid Radio
“(Minamo) consistently creates beautiful music with compositional daring and instrumental aplomb. If you adjust your ear to Minamo’s peace and quiet, you’ll discover a whole world of bustling sound.” – Stylus