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Joseph Branciforte, Theo Bleckmann

LP2 (LP, Clear)

Label: Greyfade

Format: LP, Clear

Genre: Experimental

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The sophomore release from vocalist Theo Bleckmann and electronic musician & producer Joseph Branciforte, LP2 is a follow-up, companion piece, and elegant evolution of the shared musical language first developed on the duo’s debut, 2019’s LP1. Branciforte & Bleckmann return with a meticulously crafted album of even greater scope and complexity, further dissolving the boundaries between improvisation & composition, live performance & studio production, human & machine-generated sound.

The duo has built on LP1’s successes – alloying Bleckmann’s otherworldly vocals with Branciforte’s extended electronic palette and obsessively detailed production – but they have also broken new ground in both textural invention and compositional scope. Whereas LP1 was recorded spontaneously – with no premeditation and minimal post-production – the sessions for LP2 proceeded somewhat differently. “This time, in addition to free improvisation, each of us brought in a few ‘prompts’ or ‘scenes’,” recalls Bleckmann. These prompts could be a verbal description, a musical or textural seed, or more explicitly composed material.

The pair also allowed themselves the use of studio overdubbing, occasionally adding additional instrumentation to their improvisations after the fact. “The use of overdubs allowed us to further blur the line between improvised and composed,” says Branciforte. Indeed, one hears fleeting moments throughout the album when the dream logic of free improvisation and the premeditated nature of orchestration converge: a vibraphone doubling a meandering vocal line, or a stack of voices outlining an intricate chord progression. These moments reveal the duo's willingness to experiment with structure and form, while maintaining the spontaneity that made their first album so compelling.

Cat. number: 006
Year: 2023

produced by joseph branciforte
recorded 18-19 august 2021 and 17 february 2023 at greyfade studio
edited, mixed & mastered by joseph branciforte
vinyl cut at lacquer channel toronto