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Hi Chris how are you ? Last time I talked to you about Exist Resist, the writing process and why a new Bracken now, this is what you told me : â€œMy computer kept saying â€˜your hard drive is nearly full, please delete some filesâ€™ so I thought instead of deleting the tracks Iâ€™d put them out. that does mean thereâ€™s more to come.â€ So High Passes is part of this â€œHard Drive thing â€, how big is this â€œHard Drive â€œ ? Should we expect an album every two years now ?
Possibly, itâ€™s a big hard drive. Iâ€™d forgotten Iâ€™d given that reason for the sudden release ofÂ Exist/Resist after so many years of silence but itâ€™s pretty accurate. The truth is, it also sort of slipped my mind that the final part of making music is traditionally actually getting around to releasing it. Creatively, Iâ€™m happiest when Iâ€™m just making music with the studio door firmly locked; all the other bits feel like unnecessary pressure. Itâ€™ll come as no surprise to anyone that music isnâ€™t how I pay my bills so I can take my damn time. The idea of making music within a certain timeframe in order to keep the momentum going and to get on the touring/festival circuit etc. makes me shudder. Yes, again thereâ€™s more to come.
Well, I guess I used to get a bit worried about purposefully setting out to make a track that is as different as possible from whatever I was working on the previous week, thinking I might not be making â€˜cohesiveâ€™ recordings â€“ however, I now think this is a really good way of working. Ultimately when you finally pick what you feel are the best tracks from a really mixed bag, itâ€™s going to have a mixtape kind of feel, like it could be different artists, and I really like that idea. It also really suits the fact that, in truth, I never know what Iâ€™m doing or what my tastes are on a daily basis. Coincidentally, I was really taken by that recent Oneohtrix Point Never LP where it was just flying at you from all directions, very ambitious stuff, that had a really good mixtape sort of feel.
The previous album was released by BARO now itâ€™s on Home Assembly, is there a reason for this change (tape and vinyl) Â ? Your brother and Andrew are signed on Home Assembly itâ€™s almost a family label isnâ€™t itÂ ? By the way who runs Home Assembly ?
Well, in the time since you posed that question you will have seen that BARO are actually handling the cassette version of the vinyl/CD. So the first bit of the question doesnâ€™t quite apply as itâ€™s out on all formats (if thatâ€™s what you meant). BARO just approached me out of the blue; I was so impressed with their back catalogue and the whole aesthetic of the label that I jumped at the chance of getting on board. Both BARO and Home Assembly do a great job of curating impressive back catalogues and I think labels like these will always have a place in music; they act as some sort of beacon to the overwhelming amount of material that is just flooding out digitally. BARO gave me the restriction of the tape format which helped shape and guide the release, Home Assembly harassed me for four years into finishing â€˜high passesâ€™; both offered support, encouragement and technical know how.
As for Home Assembly, it does seem like a bit of a retirement home for Hood alumni doesnâ€™t it? Not really sure why that has happened but it is a good place for my recent material as they really care about each release. Iâ€™m not entirely sure who runs the label. It seems to be one, two, or three people depending on the day. It operates out of a town called Saltaire which, on the face of it, is a quaint artistic hive of activity in a somewhat creatively isolated patch of West Yorkshire. Personally though it wouldnâ€™t surprise me if the whole town was just a giant cult. Iâ€™ve been to the headquarters of the label but Iâ€™m allergic to cats, so my eyes stream so much when Iâ€™m in there itâ€™s hard to get a proper look at the label owner/s.
I would. Also Iâ€™d say that my recent releases have been pretty dark in tone but thatâ€™s not fully representative of the music Iâ€™ve been recording. It might be time for a â€œhappyâ€ record, who knows?
The cover of the album reflects pretty well your music itself and its evolution, nature is still present but forms, electronics and abstraction are taking over, is it what you wanted to show a grey and overconnected world ?
To be honest thatâ€™s a pretty neat summary of the â€˜messageâ€™ behind the sleeve and, to a large extent, the record. I have Home Assembly to thank for that sleeve as I gave them a rambling description of the sort of thing I was trying to get across with the record and they helped with the design. The shapes on the front are an abstract representation of a sound waveform and the hill/mountain thing sort of mirrors the shape, with an equal division between earth and sky. Itâ€™s all very clever stuff, certainly too clever for a big dunderhead like me. I know itâ€™s also probably going to send the label bankrupt as it was expensive to do, but what can you do about it eh?
Mixtape Bracken by Full Moon Fuck
01. La Monte Lament â€“ Bracken â€“ We Know About The Need,2007 ( Anticon )
02. Still Here â€“ Bracken â€“ High Passes , 2016 (Home Assembly )
03. Heathens â€“ Bracken – (Third Eye Foundation’s Step It Out Of Lebanon Version) â€“ Remixes, 2007 ( Ears Hoping )
04. We Put The Pop In Unpopular â€“ Bracken â€“ Exist Resist 2014 ( Baro )
05. How Is This A Cure ? â€“ Bracken â€“ High Passes, 2016 ( Home Assembly )
06. This Same Picture Again â€“ Bracken â€“ Exist Resist, 2014 ( Baro )
07. Masked Headlands â€“ Bracken â€“ High Passes, 2016 ( Home Assembly )
08. Safe Safe Safe â€“ Bracken â€“ (The Boats Remix) â€“ Remixes, 2007 ( Ears Hoping )
09. Many Horses â€“ Bracken â€“ We Know About The Need,2007 ( Anticon )
10. Gain Calderlike – Bracken – Eno About The Need, 2007 ( Anticon )