Canadian composer Scott Morgan shares a video (via the 4:3 website) for the track “Equivalent 6” taken from his 12th long-player as Loscil.
The album takes its title from an influential series of early 20th century photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, abstracting clouds into miasmic, painterly canvases of smoke and shadowplay. It’s a deeply fitting analog for Morgan’s own musical process across the past two decades, fraying forms and tones into widescreen mirages of opaque texture and negative space. The name Equivalents referred to Stieglitz’s notion of the photographs as being equivalent to his “philosophical or emotional states of mind;” the same could be said of these eight weighty, shivering chiaroscuros of sound. Each piece unfolds and evolves enigmatically, adrift in low oxygen atmospheres, shifting dramatically from pockets of density to dissipated streaks of moonlit vapour.
The entirety of the record was created specifically for the album with the exception of “Equivalent 7,” which began as a dance score for frequent collaborator Vanessa Goodman. The album version of this track was reworked with Vancouver musician Amir Abbey aka Secret Pyramid.
Cloud photographs taken by Scott Morgan at various locations throughout Cascadia in 2018.
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Press quotes for Monument Builders:
“This is the ambient music version of screaming at listeners to wake up.” All Music
“Some of Loscil’s best, most menacing, most uncompromising work.” Drowned in Sound
“Scott Morgan has made a career of showing us waters and watering places. With Monument Builders, we are finally invited to drink.” Pitchfork
“This is undoubtedly heady stuff, like the most effective electronic music is a soundtrack for considering the universe and your place in it.” Pop Matters
“Monument Builders is a reflective, intimate, and complex album, one which will resonate with your inner being as you watch the world float by, consumed with i
ts own made up stories, images, and sounds.” Headphone Commute