'An investigation into some smaller sounds and interactions from this new trio, plus a few excursions into more expansive territory. All of the music was improvised and performed as heard, apart from the coda of the closing track Rotten Star which is a collage. Heartless, Heartless…… / Rotten State edits together, in alternation, parts of two separate longer improvisations.
Pat plays grand piano interior and keyboard simultaneously for much of the album, while Johnny responds with sounds from a stripped back kit plus little handheld instruments. As well as laptop, I play the Eb family of saxophones here – sopranino, alto and baritone – which in my hands seek to avoid any element of the grandstanding or machismo sometimes, perhaps unavoidably, associated (at least to my ear) with the Bb instruments.
My rather downbeat titles for these pieces were thought up before the events of 2022, and it is even sadder how more appropriate they have become in the months between recording and release. Nevertheless, please find some sounds to enjoy here.' – Martin Archer.