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ARTIST
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Swann And Odette
FORMAT
LP

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KDS 001LP KDS 001LP
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RELEASE DATE
10/20/2017

Ambient shoegaze duo Aris Kindt launch the new Kingdoms imprint with their second album, Swann And Odette. Picking up where their first record -- 2015's Floods (SAT 024CD/LP) -- leaves off, Swann And Odette is an evolutionary leap forward for the duo. The sonic palette is deeper, the grooves more sparse and the melodies are given more room to seep deep within a mix so expansive it feels almost tactile. This is heady, opulent stuff. The album is immaculately produced and cunningly arranged to sidestep easy classification while not sacrificing accessibility and authentic feeling. Aris Kindt is the collaborative project of Gabe Hedrick and Francis Harris. Harris has previously released the albums Leland (2012) and Minutes of Sleep (2014), both of which have been lauded "for (their) extensive use of live instruments, a contrasting feature to his work done before" by last.fm (2016). Building on this approach, Hedrick adds his own sonic signature in effects-laden layers of electric guitar and modular synthesizer. Collectively, the album swells and reverberates to create a seamless interplay of synths and instrumentation cast loose from their origins and awash in oceanic delay. Swann And Odette inaugurates Kingdoms, an eclectic new platform for adventurous music ranging from new voices in club-inflected jazz, contemporary composition, ambient, and electronic music to reissues of little-known obscurities from across the musical spectrum. Helmed by veteran producer and musical polyglot Francis Harris, Kingdoms builds upon his decades spent pushing against the boundaries of electronic music as a producer and performer. Includes two bonus tracks via the digital download code: "Hewett Fails To Understand" and "Motion Rest".