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If there's a single guiding motif to this debut recording from LOVE THEME, it's the melancholic throb of love learnt and love lost, a descent thattumbles and slips through the overall feeling of looking back. As intimately and carefully as its parts cohesively lament a narrative, it's the after-image that catches your breath, like a memory morphing as it is observed.
Comprised of Alex Zhang Hungtai of the now defunct project DIRTY BEACHES, along with Austin Milne, and Simon Frank, Love Theme is arranged from an improvised session with twin saxophones, synthesizer, percussion, drum machine, and voice. Over the course of a year the material was edited remotely from the members' home cities of Montreal, London, LA and Taipei.
The record's sullen ambience is never left too long to set in. The aching wane of the saxophone arrangements frisk the propulsive 'aggy' moments of the mixed percussion, forcing a melancholic halo upon the queasy stupor of the synthetic swing that closes each side of the record. It's a bizarre lust for life that's being divined from equal parts dislocation and invigoration, a potent remedy which perhaps LOVE THEME can call their own.
Percolating and finding form over time, the record instinctively follows a travel narrative, moving across a series of landscapes, reflecting the innate experiences of the expressions and voices that were first collected in South London back in February 2015.
BENARDINO FEMMINIELLIi (Montreal) is an artist. They works in media including music, performance, poetry and film under the guise of a hyper-sexual, genderless provocateur. Their work and character are a synthesis of mysticism, danger and pleasure; a detached crooner deep within a distopian discotheque.
Experimental artist MIGUEL BAPTISTA BENEDICT, also called MIKE BENEDICT, has deep-seated intuition and wisdom that spans beyond his 25 years. Growing up in East Lansing, a paint-by-numbers college town near Detroit, he had few cultural explorations on offer outside of the loop pedals, guitars, bass and piano in his house. BENEDICT fatefully contacted Flying Lotus out of the blue in 2008, with no intention to release any music together. They stayed in somewhat regular contact, but it was in the autumn of 2010 that Lotus asked him to join his stable. Compiled over two years, and across six different albums, the 10-track Super(b)-Child-Ran LP was released on Brainfeeder in early 2013.