Weekly Beats comes but only every two years and since 2012 I’ve committed myself to it as a willing participant. In short, it’s a project that involves its participants to write and record an original piece of music each week for the rest of the year. I’ve never made the full 52 weeks, but since its inception in 2012 I’ve thrown myself into it in order to kickstart some new ideas or nudge along curiosities.
Let It Go takes its inspiration from two things: guitar and Jim O’Rourke. Since I’m using each month of this Weekly Beats year to explore a particular area of instrumentation/process, I thought it would be interesting to use the variety of guitars in my studio and see what would happen.
Both “Mouth Canyon” pieces anchor themselves around open/alternate tunings, fingerpicking and circular chord progressions in the style of country blues and folk. In this sense, O’Rourke’s Eureka and Bad Timing were obvious touchstones, but his earlier work with David Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol) and Grubbs own work informed the composition and arrangements strongly. They’re (to date) the most accessible tracks I think I’ve ever put on this Bandcamp page, and maybe that’s a good thing. Between the “Mouth Canyon” bookends are two more abstract pieces which again reference O’Rourke/Gastr, but listening back to them now I think they’re much closer in style to Daniel Lanois’ solo work. If you haven’t heard his 2016 release, “Goodbye To Language” I urge you to do so; it’s absolutely beautiful.
Recorded at Studio Maurilia – February 2018.
All tracks composed and performed by TLR.
TLR: voice, guitars, reed organ, synthesisers, bass, mandolin, baritone ukelele, glockenspiel, percussion, electronics, programming.
Artwork is a collage of three stills from the Nicholas Roeg films, Bad Timing, Eureka and Insignificance.