William Basinski and Lawrence English unveil collaborative album Selva Oscura, hit a new high standard for music and friendship

William Basinski and Lawrence English unveil collaborative album Selva Oscura, hit a new high standard for music and friendship
*Cue STANDING OVATION*

Do me a favor: head into that dusty old imaginarium you keep tucked away in the spare room at the back of the house and get ready for a whopper of a fantasy trifecta:

First, imagine you’re acclaimed sound artist William Basinski, and you’ve just been given the opportunity to collab with none other than Lawrence English (yeah, that Lawrence English).

Now imagine you’re acclaimed sound artist Lawrence English, and you’ve just been given the opportunity to collab with none other than William Basinski (yeah, that William Basinski).

Finally, imagine you’re a quietly intelligent, loudly quirky music lover (a little heftier than you would like and occasionally prone to severe bouts of social anxiety), and you’ve just been given the opportunity to hear a new collaborative record from the legendary William Basinski and Lawrence English called Selva Oscura out October 12 on Temporary Residence Ltd.

Well, step outside the imaginarium, dear imagineophiles, because that particular, oddly specific fantasy….is all too real!

Selva Oscura, which takes its name (translated as “twilight forest”) from Dante, features two pieces recorded simultaneously in Brisbane and Los Angeles. The work finds the duo playing with “an acoustic topography that draws on the concept of drifting into the strange familiar,” which you can tease yourself with via an excerpt from the ambient title track below. What a rush!

I’m pretty sure no more needs to be said on this, so go pre-order the album here immediately (or you’re out of the cool kids club!), and check out the full tracklisting below (that’s right: I’m gonna keep you in suspense about the name of that other track).

Now let’s all hope this record is as smooth a collaboration as that time they spoke words at each other for your very own Tiny Mix Tapes! (Thank you, thank you, please be seated.)



Selva Oscura tracklisting:

01. Mono No Aware
02. Selva Oscura

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