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Contours - Balafon Sketches LP

$26.00 / Coming Soon

Balafon Sketches began as a series of live jams in Cumbria. Percussionist and producer Contours & instrument builder, musician, painter and ceramicist Seth Sutton experimented with balafons and a gamelan alongside Sutton’s homemade string and percussive instrumentation. The tracks’ foundations were built by running these elements of tuned percussion through delay and reverb pedals, experimenting with interlocking polyrhythms and the overtones and textures created by the raw recordings.

Contours built upon these recordings utilizing a range of live instrumentation such as synthesizers, drum machines and other organic percussion. He worked alongside several instrumentalists: cellist Abel Selacoe and saxophonist/flautist Callum Connell feature on ‘Keld’, violinist Simmy Singh on ‘45npr’, and violinist Beka Reid on ‘Eastern Bells’.

Balafon Sketches sees the coming together of electronic and organic instrumentation. It crosses musical traditions that make for a sonic journey, taking as much influence from African rhythmic practice as it does from minimalism, fourth world, contemporary classical, electronic music and the transcendental nature of ambient music and spiritual jazz.

This release is the organic output of spontaneous experimentation with friends, and was entirely recorded in our homes in Manchester and Cumbria. We are glad to distribute the vinyl edition, the inaugural release by the new Stockport-Manchester based label Net of Gems.