karu:16, CD (deluxe digipak) 10 audio tracks, (p) 2010
OUT NOW Release date: 15/07/2010
Lugano Fell is the solo project of James Taylor, a founding member of UK tech house duo Swayzak. After 12 years spent perfecting the pumping house music of Swayzak (whose seminal album "Snowboarding in Argentina" has been reissued in 2009), Taylor felt like trying something totally different, quieter, and more detail-focused.
From the noisy (i.e. loud) and pulsating soundworld of Swayzak, Taylor has sliced and spliced his way to a noisy (i.e. sound-based) and textural soundworld. The music of Lugano Fell is made of unrelated sounds, found sounds, prepared sounds, even sounds made with actual musical instruments or salvaged from the media. These sounds - a part of which is treated while others are left clearly identifiable - are arranged into short pieces filled with images and action, but too concise and sharply edited to be described as cinematic.
This record features diverse moods (walls of sound samples, esthetically-sophisticated vacant spaces, a duet between a stuttering CD player and a hesitating acoustic guitar). This music draws from sound collage, experimental ambient electronica, noise music, and ready-mades. It doesn't force itself upon you; it's there, physically present, and suddenly it isn't anymore. And it weaves sense like a spider weaves its web, away from prying eyes, hiding behind flurries of sounds.
"Slice Repair" is Lugano Fell's first official CD and has been carefully compiled from two CDRs released in 2008-2009. The whole album has been mastered by ambient experimental guru Lawrence English.