Released: 12th March 2012
Format: 12″ / Digital
“…A couple of emails later, we were sending each other sounds and loops of all sorts to kind of see what we were both feeling, and felt we could use. Soon enough we started making more progress until we began to see there were some really good ideas forming. We kept this up for weeks, working on stuff and sending it back and forth whenever we found time. Within a month or so. We had some interesting material that we were both really pleased with, and it was only then that we actually met in person for the first time.”
This is the collaborative project from rising star of sonic soundpieces My Panda Shall Fly, and drummer turned analogue-electro head Benjamin Jackson. Recording the bulk of the EP without having even met, the music melds the percussive audio collage and unbridled creativity of MPSF to Benjamin Jackson’s instinct for the beat and knowledge of synthesisers. The result is an immersive, textured sound full of steppy tension, drawing in a range of influences and juxtaposing analogue warmth with abrasive beats and stabs.
Having no musical background or formal teaching, My Panda Shall Fly aka Suren Seneviratne has gone through many an incarnation until he found where he was comfortable – from shoe-gaze, post-punk rock in his early teens to sound manipulation and experimentation in his later years. Following on from releases on Dam Mantle’s Growing Records & the mighty Wichita Recordings he has been busy in the studio finishing collaborations & solo material, of which this is the first you’ll hear in 2012.
Suren met Benjamin Jackson via a mutual friend. Starting his musical career as a drummer, Ben moved towards new technologies without this background ever being far removed from his very rhythmical creative process.. He has been exploring analogue mediums of sound and art via releases on his own label, ‘Thanqu’.
Launch party: 17th March @ Shacklewell Arms