Listen to the Debut Album from Botany
- Words: Chris Kokiousis
Texan producer Botany (a.k.a. Spencer Stephenson) has been trickling out cuts from his forthcoming debut LP, Lava Diviner (Truestory), for a few months now. Now, the inventive beatmaker has shared a full stream of his album before it's released on October 29 via Western Vinyl. Stephenson says of the creative period culminating in his conceptual full-length, "I always imagined my first album being like a volcano, with years of pent-up emotion and musical ideas bubbling up to a cathartic release." The volcanic symbolism is evident in the sheer variety of sonic sources that Botany pulls from—found sounds, field recordings, traditional sampling, and rich instrumentation all rush together in maximalist freedom. His non-album collaboration with Father John Misty (a.k.a. Josh Tillman of Fleet Foxes), "Laughtrack" similarly uses intricate, subtle layering à la Teebs or Gold Panda to achieve asymptotic bliss, where the seams on Stephenson's world are rendered invisible. The full Lava Diviner (Truestory) stream can be found below, along with the player for "Laughtrack."
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