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Francis Harris by Timothy Charles Lyons
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Francis Harris announces new album ‘Thresholds’
released February 25th on Scissor and Thread

Ahead of the release, ‘Rebstock Fold’ is available to stream on all platforms from today

Beginning with 2012’s ‘Leland’ New York artist Francis Harris has been doing a deep dive into the sonic swells and contrapuntal granularities that articulate our most abstract, and sometimes slowest moving, virtualities. Through found sound, analog synthesis, and concise instrumentation Harris has delivered works that transcend the diagrammatic exposition often found in electronic music in an attempt to redraw the landscape of how such music is received and understood. Rather than valorise the fragment, the ambient, even in some cases the song, Harris’s albums offer networks of complex interiority’s that endeavour to act as whole worlds unto themselves replete with memory, possibility, loss, and a radiant albeit tenuous hopefulness for the future.

While previous albums, most notably ‘Leland’ and ‘Minutes of Sleep’ (2014) as well as two albums released as one half of the duo Aris Kindt (most notably the stellar Swann and Odette from 2017) have relied on singular thematic and narrative drives that were often of a personal, collaborative, or hermetic in nature, ‘Thresholds’ is an album that aspires to sonic universality and the presentation of a fully formed psychoacoustical world. That being said, it is not an “album of ideas”. Inspired by the ecological and political upheavals of the present and the role of speculative thought as an avenue of global transformation, ‘Thresholds’ is the work of a mature artist fully in control of his powers. Both expansive and nuanced, the album widens the aperture of the affective possibilities of the electronic assemblage; themes skip from one track to the next, elevating and informing each other in tangible fields of abstract figuration. The titles, while often heady, concisely allude to strategies implicit in the construction and arrangement of the works: ‘Cut Up’, within the context of the album, is exactly that. ‘Luck Takes a Step’ juxtaposes stately synths with just the right touch of playful fluctuation and latent atonality. The title track itself is a knotted mass of uncertainty and propulsive beats the breakdown of which is a nervous series of fits and starts that resonate not just within the track but as the fulcrum of the entire album: the threshold of our Threshold:

"...we are caught up in our own original transversals of time to the point of dissolution, and that which remains a part of the contrivance of our- selves is ultimately that which crosses the threshold and is somehow, miraculously, reconstituted on the other side of it. Because it is via the threshold that we can best observe the conditions of experience as lived even as we cross to the other side of understanding, rejoining the ancient equilibriums of which we, in our depths, are comprised." (from the liner notes)

No track overstays its welcome and with the help of standout vocalist Eliana Glass, and instrumentation by Dave Harrington, Mark Nelson (Pan American), Will Shore, Greg Paulus and Gareth Redmond, and mixed by Phil Weinrobe, the result is a dizzyingly pure inward gaze that is first and foremost an album about connection.

Francis Harris: Rebstock Fold
single - out now


01. Rebstock Fold

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Francis Harris: Thresholds
double vinyl + digital
album - out February, 25th 2022


A1. Useless Machines
A2. And Everything Is One Thing After Another
A3. Rebstock Fold
B1. Earth Moves
B2. Thresholds
B3. Luck Takes A Step
C1. I Can Still See Us
C2. Speculative Nature Of Purposive Form
C3. Cut Up
D1. New Pastoral
D2. On That Occasion, Landeau
D3. Every Degree Of Distance


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