Luke and Laurence (PVT) had been talking about the idea of doing something for a while, and it was just about waiting for the right moment to come along. Despite being located in different parts of the world (Luke in London; Laurence in Sydney), they eventually managed to get together during March last year. Joining up with Jack Wyllie, who had collaborated with Luke on a prior release, the trio embarked on a three-day recording session at James Holden’s Sacred Walls studio. The six hours of sessions were then edited and mixed by Abbott into the six-track LP.
Luke’s approach was a largely organic one, choosing to record whatever happened in the very first moments of playing together. He describes the act of capturing embryonic ideas for the first time as “the most magical part of the process”–those initial moments that are instinctively fresh and quite singular.
Following the release of this debut LP, the trio has now released a new track which is also available as one of XLR8R's free downloads for today.
"New High Round Temple" was originally part of the improvised performance sessions that came to be the At Sacred Walls album, but was put aside because it had a different aura to the pieces that made the record. A looming, seven-and-a-half minute meditation filled with Laurence Pike’s tribalistic drumming and Luke Abbott’s dark, resonating synths, "New High Round Temple" is a beautiful, immersive recording.