Leaving Records Readies Sprawling New Album from M. Geddes Gengras
- Words: Glenn Jackson
- Photo: Caitlin C Mitchell
The "signature sound" of Matthewdavid's Leaving Records imprint has been joyously hard to pin down since its inception, with the label anchoring itself in the world of abstract beats as much as it is unafraid to venture into lopsided noise, refracted house, musique concrete, and, in the case of a forthcoming record from M. Geddes Gengras, sprawling ambient expeditions. Set to appear in vinyl, CD, and digital form (note Leaving Records' usual cassette format has been left out here), the LA artist's Ishi LP will offer a series of elongated synth expeditions. M. Geddes Gengras' work is described as being "based in modular synthesis, [while] comfortably straddling a variety of forms and remaining rooted in a deep affinity for the limitations of analog electronics and a keen ear for timbral manipulation."
Named after Ishi, "the last wild Indian" who appeared at the age of 49 in 1911 North America as a complete outsider to the modern world, the effort's three tracks (with a bonus cut in the CD/digital packages) are said to be inspired by what the artist describes as, "the schism that exists between the world we live in and those stuck on the margins of it—perpetual outsiders and their quest to understand the torrent of information they are constantly subjected to." M. Geddes Gengras' Ishi will see a full release on June 24, but in the meantime, the forthcoming record's artwork and tracklist are included below.
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