Premiere: Let Spin Explore Space, Time, and Texture on New Single ‘Sketch’
Let Spin’s sound is a cutting-edge amalgam, informed as strongly by the textures and production techniques of post-rock and electronic music as the compositional ideas rooted in contemporary jazz and 20th century modernism. Each member of the band: guitarist Moss Freed, bassist Ruth Goller, drummer Finlay Panter, and saxophonist Chris Williams, writes for the project, and collectively, they challenge one another’s musical tendencies to create music that is energetic, intricate and thrillingly unpredictable.
The group will release their first studio album in five years on Friday 17th April, courtesy of Manchester-based independent jazz and improvised music label Efpi Records, and in anticipation of it, we’re able to premiere its lead single, Sketch, accompanied by an abstract visual by filmmaker Antony Barkworth-Knight.
The piece was written by Ruth Goller, who is also a member of London-based bands Melt Yourself Down and Vula Veil. Addressing the construction of the track, she explains: “I love the sound of guitar and sax in unison and jumping around in pretty big ranges. I often compose melodies on instruments I don’t play, so I get a new perspective on melody and then adjust it with my ears. I wanted to put a drum and bass ostinato underneath it to make it groovy and more understandable for the listener, adding different bass-notes to move the melody through different layers.”
The resultant tune boasts a robust, fizzy groove, juxtaposed by light, wandering guitar and saxophone lines — elements that sit nicely together, despite their contrasting textures and moods. As is the case throughout the band’s forthcoming album, the track hears them exploring space and time within the composition, specifically in relation to the arrangement and processing of instruments and the boundaries of meter and groove. There’s a fluidity and flexibility to the track, as well as an ever changing sonic space, thanks to co-producer and engineer Alex Killpartrick’s daring effects and mixing work.
Barkworth-Knight created the track’s accompanying visual in response to the music, and was given creative autonomy by the band. “For me, the music sounds like looking in a thousand directions all at once” he suggests, “and has quite a disorientating effect on me. I wanted the visual to carry this sense of disorientation right through the video: from concept, arc, the camera moves, and also by bringing together disparate elements that shouldn’t really sit together.”
He decided to use the video to tell a love story about an orchid and a pylon. “It’s kind of a joke but also the two objects do sit nicely together and make quite a nice couple. I love the way the tune gradually eases from chaos to calm and so as the video progresses, it slowly disintegrates, CG [computer graphic] takes over from the video until we’re left with just abstraction and noise. The way the video ends, with the two circles made from noise, is an end I never envisaged when I started the project. This kind of surprise is my favourite thing about making music videos. It feels to me like the music has genuinely shifted my sense and understanding of aesthetics and opened up a new world for me.”
Check out the new tune and video below and pre-order Steal the Light on Bandcamp. At this time of great uncertainty for artists, any support you can give to their recorded work will be of great benefit to them, especially on Friday 20th March, when Bandcamp will generously waive their share of sales revenue, meaning the profit is maximised for the artists themselves.