Simian Mobile Disco to Record New Album Live in Joshua Tree
- Words: Glenn Jackson
Longstanding UK production pair Simian Mobile Disco has revealed plans to record its next album as a one-off live performance in a small venue outside of California's Joshua Tree National Park. An apparent attempt to shake up their longtime working method, James Ford and Jas Shaw will limit themselves to using "just one synth and one sequencer each" for their performance/recording session. "This forces us to commit,” Shaw points out in a press release. "When we record with it, this is the system, and there can be no turning back." Furthermore, the press release goes on to explain that the "entire process is going to be open ended and exploratory, as [Simian Mobile Disco] works their way around this new system until that very moment when they come to record, then they will have to commit 100% to the sounds they are making."
Set to be entitled Whorl, the live recording of the duo's next album will take place on April 26 at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown, California. Following the live recording, the group will return to the studio to mix the record, noting that they will "not slavishly [be] limiting ourselves just to this performance, we'll be recording numerous takes beforehand in the studio, and when we come to mixdown the album, we might well end up using portions of studio takes as well as those recorded in the desert. At the moment, the whole project is pretty fluid, and there's no telling where it will be by the time we actually perform."
Those looking to attend Simian Mobile Disco's Whorl experiment can purchase tickets here; we've included the event's flier below.
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