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Lurists are the collaborative effort of Glaswegians Luke Fowler (who's also releasing his debut LP on Dekorder next month) and Richard Youngs with Berlin ex-pat Steven Warwick aka Heatsick (PAN Records). Warwick and Fowler had been friendly since playing several bills together with their old groups Birds Of Delay and Lied Music. Richard Youngs and Luke Fowler have a collaborative duo that has been active for over a year now. This collaboration spans a diverse range of territory from austere electronics to pastoral songs and more recently they have branched out into their own brand of Òfloor fillers" - which often involves obsolete drum computers combined with Young's distinctive casio solos.
So when Heatsick toured to Glasgow the day before the gig the three decided to get together and team their talents; swapping instruments and thrashing out a bunch of recordings in Fowler's studio. These were then edited by Richard Youngs into some very loose, very fun, quasi-dance numbers sounding to our ears like Arthur Russell jamming with the No-Neck Blues Band and Cabaret Voltaire. In a better world a track like "Red Trees with Intent" would give Miley Cyrus a run for her money.
After playing tapes, objects and sampler with his early groups and some exposure to Moog synthesizers, in 2010 he bought his first Serge analogue Synthesiser module; after being seized by the sounds introduced to him during a residency at Bard College. Serge is one of the few analogue modular synthesisers whose original 70's designs are still handmade today in the USA. As a "non-musician" into concrete sounds this was the perfect instrument for a hands-on approach to physcial sound manipulation without need for conventional keyboard or programming skills.
Over the years he accumulated hundreds of hours of experiments and documentation. In 2012 he decided to hand over a hard drive of these recordings to his friend and collaborator Richard Youngs who, with complete carte blanche, edited down the recordings (and added a few lines of synth himself) into one coherent album for the Dekorder label.Â Even though there are quite a few musicians working with modular systems these days it seems Fowler (and Youngs) has carved his own niche, combining obsolete digital synths, drum computers and homemade 'organic oscillators' with pure electronic tones in a singular and approachable style that embraces improvisation, early Electronic Music, minimal or "cosmic" music, yet with a down to earth, unpretentious approach. The LP includes a free download code for both Fowl Tapes I and II. Fowl Tapes I contains collaborations with Alex Neilson (Richard Youngs, Jandek, Bonnie Prince Billy), Mark Vernon, Aaron Moore and Daniel Padden of Volcano The Bear, Sarah Kenchington, Neil Davidson and Chris Hladowski from 2004-2006.