Electronic improv duo Black Spirituals have announced their first LP, Of Deconstruction, to be released by SIGE Records in October. The duo’s full-length debut follows a handful of limited-edition cassettes, like last year’s Black Listening, which introduced their mixture of acoustic percussion and electronic tone exploration. SIGE, the label Black Spirituals have chosen to release their new LP on, seems like a perfect fit for the duo’s sound and aesthetics; others on SIGE’s roster include fellow experimentalists Daniel Menche, Mesa Ritual, Mamiffer, and William Fowler Collins.
Black Spirituals is the collaborative project of Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins. Trammell supplies a free-form-but-groove-heavy percussion work, while Watkins gushes the tracks with buzzing synths, distorted guitars, and several other electronic sound sources. The resulting combination is a complex mixture of tense and contradicting tonalities, rooted in the conspicuous avant-garde of African American tradition (the duo has opened for the Sun Ra Arkestra), but equally in tune with the most current factions of experimental electronic music.
Of Deconstruction will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally on October 21 via SIGE. The vinyl edition is limited to 250 hand-stamped copies, featuring artwork by Faith Coloccia and custom-printed 12-inch jackets. Listen to first track “Radiant” below:
Of Deconstruction tracklisting: