Lomea - Otherness
Lomea (pronounced ‘Low-maya’) is the experimental electronic project from renowned producer Rich Keyworth. His signature style is defined by a blend of manipulated organic instruments and real-world field recordings, with all manner of synths and other electronic sound sources.
Sounds that feature in the new EP Otherness include but are not limited to; a train rushing overhead in a rural train tunnel, firework explosions recorded on Bonfire Night, percussion made out of wooden spoons, a pitch-tuned vase, the back of an acoustic guitar as well as melodic and textural elements crafted from a variety of analogue synthesizers and the exposed strings of a piano, played with a glockenspiel mallet and heavily manipulated with guitar pedals.
A sonic journey, in several parts. A reaction to and inspired by world events, which seem increasingly driven by ideologues of all political stripes. It establishes the tone of the EP. Starts off with staccato synth chords, backed up with an arrangement for multilayered guitars, before launching into something much more propulsive when the beats kick in. There is a Cinematic, end-of-the-world feeling to the closing section.
Inspired by the film The Duke of Burgundy, and the Pinastri species of butterfly. Track goes in unexpected musical directions, from a moody dub-techno feel in the first half to folk and neo-classical-inspired elements in the second, featuring 12 string guitar arpeggios and exposed piano strings played with a glockenspiel mallet.
The beats feature a blend of Field Recordings which evoke a sense of distance and space (cut-up audio of a fireworks display, and handclaps recorded in a tunnel), with analogue drum synthesis, much like in Warmest Diamonds. It started as a simple, short guitar piece after experimenting with different tunings, but gradually became something else entirely.Warmest Diamonds
" When watching the film Blue Is The Warmest Colour an idea for a very particular rhythm came to me, which I couldn't get out of my head, so I recorded it on piano. The word 'diamonds' suited the feel of the track as it progressed into something new as well, so I combined the two. "
Warmest Diamonds is a playful, exploratory and euphoric piece of melodic electronica.
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