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Land Trance - First Seance
Dense Truth
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May 1, 2020
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    Double sided A2 print features a series of striking vintage slides collected by the duo over the course of making the record. 150gsm uncoated paper, folded down to A5 for efficient shipping. Edition of 30

'First Seance' is the debut album by Land Trance, a new collaboration between Liverpool-based musicians Andrew P.M Hunt and Benjamin D. Duvall, released via Forest Swords' Dense Truth label.

Sharing rehearsal rooms, houses and band-mates for over a decade across Merseyside, the duo developed their respective practices in tandem with each other. Duvall delved into percussive ensemble composition as the founder of the acclaimed Ex-Easter Island Head, Hunt exploring the possibilities of songwriting, synthesis and texture as Dialect (who released album ‘Loose Blooms’ via Dense Truth in 2019) and leader of art rock band Outfit.

Working together as Land Trance, they utilise spontaneous electro-acoustic improvisation and studio-as-instrument post production to explore the inner and outer reaches of each other's musical vocabularies.

Recorded in spaces including a bedroom overlooking Concert Square, the thumping epicentre of Liverpool nightlife, and pieced together in the home studio they share in a converted embassy, tracks here oscillate between vocal-led ecclesiastical yearning (Transcript, Chilean Miners) and ecstatic assemblages of sound (Beach Mystery, A Raft), always suggesting a palpable sense of geography with an allusive sense of place.

Using zither, drum machine, music box, dictaphone, ocarina, synthesiser and melodica amongst other sonic sources, through the course of the album threads of potential narrative and association circle like the rods of a mobile.

'First Seance' elevates deceptively simple materials and means with vivid imagination and bold compositional strategies, transcending the intimate scale of bedroom recording and DIY sound creation. It presents a wholly original set of musical environments, and a compelling document of intuition, friendship and artistic curiosity. credits released May 1, 2020

All music by Land Trance

“Chilean Miners” contains an excerpt from news coverage of the rescue of Luis Urzula in 2010 as voiced by an unknown translator. This track is dedicated to the memory of Luke Carragher.

Produced by Andrew PM Hunt Mixed by Benjamin D Duvall & Andrew PM Hunt Mastered by Adam B Donoval Art direction by Matthew Barnes

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