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Four Quartets of Love and Modern Lash


Parisian label Another Moon announce the release of the second collaborative album by Scott Monteith, aka Deadbeat, and Paul St Hilaire, aka Tikiman, entitled Four Quarters of Love and Modern Lash. When asked about the album's motivations and production process, Monteith had the following to say: "I first heard Paul's voice back in 1996 when I stumbled upon the first Burial Mix 10" in a local shop, and it would be no exaggeration to say it has echoed in my mind ever since. We began working together in 2008, and it's fair to say the experience of performing and learning from him has left an indelible mark on my artistic process and my outlook on life in general . . . I've had a folder on my hard drive called 'For Tiki' for 14 years now, for those more often than not late-night studio moments when I stumble upon a rhythmic or musical phrase and hear that unmistakable voice bubbling up in my mind . . . I wrote the initial sketches for what would eventually become this new album over the course of last year to a large extent as a way of trying to process what I perceived as a creeping darkness and sickness in both my own life and the world in general that desperately needed exorcising. When I received his initial response, I nearly fell off my chair. It goes without saying that Paul is a lyricist and poet second to none, and anyone familiar with his enormous body of work can attest to that. And yet, there was something in these latest pieces that hammered the proverbial nail clean through the wood. They perfectly captured this sense of rising tension, of a world that was getting almost psychedelically weirder and darker by the day, and both held a mirror up to this and offered some much-needed release . . . It is my great hope that at some point in the coming months we will be able to get back on the road and share these new pieces with people in a live setting, as performing with Tiki is truly one of my greatest joys, and I think it's where the fire in our work together truly burns brightest. In the meantime, it is my great hope that these four longform meditations might provide a little solace for people in their isolation..."