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Laced With Rumour, Loud-Speaker of Truth - excerpt 1
Laced With Rumour, Loud-Speaker of Truth - excerpt 2
Laced With Rumour, Loud-Speaker of Truth - excerpt 3
Laced With Rumour, Loud-Speaker of Truth - excerpt 4

Maxwell Sterling

Laced With Rumour: Loud-Speaker of Truth (LP)

Label: Ecstatic

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

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Weaving an intricately detailed tapestry of meditative, spiritual jazz and dream electronics, Maxwell Sterling’s astonishing second album "Laced With Rumour: Loud-Speaker of Truth" blooms in the cracks between Alice Coltrane, Talk Talk and Kara-Lis Coverdale, gently coaxing us into a trance-like reverie where the real and artificial morph into one pulsating organism.

**300 copies, silver vinyl** Originating as a multi-channel installation commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary in 2018, the four extended pieces here were recorded at home in Morecambe Bay and then subsequently placed in a room alongside works by Moki Cherry (spouse of Don, mother of Neneh and Eagle-Eye Cherry), Penny Slinger, and a collection of static musical instruments the piece was intended to complement. As a follow-up to Sterling’s 2017 cult hit Hollywood Medieval for The Death of Rave, Laced With Rumour... works with notably more fluid and gently psychoactive structuring that takes in seemingly disparate influences - from Roman mythology to Nottingham’s Lace industry - that result in a sprawling but intimate world of sound, characterised by aetheric arrangements that effectively elide the disciplines of spiritual jazz, chamber music, and art installation into something altogether new.

Much like Kara-Lis Coverdale’s converging interests in traditional vs hyper-modern, acoustic vs artificial and synthetic modes of sound, Sterling’s work here is fluid and unorthodox, but rooted in a deep understanding of convention which he proceeds to bend and shape at will.  The album opens with a slowly contemplative and almost solemn drift between Laced, which features samples of Don Cherry weft into its tingling fray of electro-acoustic timbres, alongside the breezy chamber strokes of With Rumour, the hallucinogenic qualities of Loud-Speaker, and the darker revelation Of Truth, which concludes with a transition from mired murk to tones that channel Maxwell’s refined cinematic nous.

One of those albums that's impossible to fully absorb in one sitting, Laced With Rumour... takes you from a swirl of brushed cymbals into harpsichord shimmers, passages of solo piano falling up against the deepest subs like a more bruised and flipped Sakamoto + Alva Noto collab, to Arthur Russell's World of Echo slowly descending into synthesised madness. It's a rich and stunning meditation for our time.

Cat. number: ELP050-COL
Year: 2020

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