LP released: Sep 22, 2023

Cat No: TTR023
Barcode: 781005322839
Packaging: LP (100g)

Recorded in Preston, Lancashire by Joshua Horsley and Carl Brown Mixed by Joshua Horsley and Carl Brown. Mastered by Tim Crompton. Joshua Horsley and Carl Brown deliver the debut Powders album ‘Concede To Circumstance’ via Them There. Initially starting as an experimental live project of Cello (Horsley) and Electronics (Brown) the duo gained attention for their semi-improvised onstage performances. What began as sample-heavy collage music in 2018 slowly shifted as the pair crafted new live sets to embrace classical and noise music, always treated with an experimental spirit and minimalist sleight. ‘Concede to Circumstance’ is a refining of these ideas, a distillation of sounds and feelings, boiled down to a highly concentrated tincture made from extracts of live shows, film scores, jams and sketches. Powders stripped back the set up for these album sessions, this time leaning more heavily on the use of granular synthesis with cello as the lead instrument and sound source. Horsley’s cello is processed in real-time as Brown mangles the signal into sonic debris in a rugged synergy of new musical expression that finds the soft hues of fourth world placed alongside course-grit distortion that resists the trappings of contemporary cello music. A shared admiration for early Playstation game scores underpins the work as each track aims to realise another scene in high definition. As if moving through the levels of a late 90’s RPG set in a drenched and darkened, distinctly Northern context. ‘Concede to Circumstance’ sees Powders exploring their hometown of Preston and its longstanding experimental underbelly - not as a location that demands escapism, elsewhere aspiration or an outward face but as a place and din to be.