Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek)
Duval was a new name to me (I wasn't aware he did stuff with Kendrick and Solange when I heard his music). But boy what a great discovery! Amazing instrumental music with loads of tape-delay experiments.
Duval Timothy, but with electronics. Yes please! Love every moment of this. My only criticism, it's too short! More of the same, please. Exceptional. No. 2 in my album's of the year.
Favorite track: Mutate.
Primarily recorded at my home studio in South London, Carrying Colour studio in Freetown, my old studio in Rotherhithe Old Police Station, and Casa Mahler in Spoleto.
Recorded on different pianos, including an upright in Freetown that had lost the felt of its hammers due to the humidity creating a harpsichord-like sound as the raw wood struck the
Other prominent instruments featured are Moog Grandmother, double bass, electric guitar and Juno-G.
Part of the piano recordings on 'Up' and 'Drift' were composed and recorded through April 2021, whilst I was an artist in residence at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, for the 'Mahler, The Song of the Earth' project in partnership with Mahler Foundation. During the residency, I was studying and creating work in response to the life and work of Gustav Mahler, in particular 'Das Lied Von Der Erde' (The Song of the Earth) — a vast song cycle engaging with nature, forgiveness, friendship, and mortality themes.
While making this record, I wanted to explore what the natural environment means personally. I went on many trips into nature to engage with plant life and natural materials. These included everyday strolls around South London, walks with my mum in the hills surrounding Bath (Up), hikes through Freetown, the hills of Spoleto, up line in Ghana and nature sanctuaries in Sierra Leone (Wood). I found incredible examples of nature in all of these contexts, which I felt personally close to.
I made field recordings with my phone or Zoom recorder, documenting various birds, insects, monkeys, bats, plants, trees, stones and so on, which are all on the record.
released November 11, 2022
All music by Duval Timothy
Produced by Duval Timothy
Additional piano & synth on Wood ft. Yu Su by Yu Su
Additional guitar by on Wood by Kiran Kai
Co-writing on Wood by Yu Su and Thunder by Fauzia
Additional production on Up by Vegyn with voice field recording by Erica Timothy
Live effects on Thunder ft. FAUZIA by FAUZIA
Additional production on Drift ft. Lamin Fofana by Lamin Fofana
Mixed by Philip Weinrobe at Sugar Mountain
Mixed for Dolby Atmos by Brian Bender at The Motherbrain
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Carrying Colour Records 2022
Published by Decca Publishing, a division of Universal Music Group Ltd.
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Gorgous album offering a great mix between space ambience and jazz. Reminds me of Archie Pelago / Cosmo D. The experiment definitely works. The only track I don't dig at all is Space 6 (a bit too off for the rest of the album), but Space 8 on the other hand is some of the best music that I have ever heard. Harmony in itself. What a great find! Dennis Albrecht
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Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell