Sam Slater I Do Not Wish To Be Known As A Vandal

Label
Bedroom Community
Released
10th June 2022

Format Info

Dinked Edition - Colour Vinyl LP

“Galaxy’ Splatter Colour Vinyl

Hot Foil Printed Outer Sleeve

Spot Varnish Text Detail

Full Colour Inner

Hand-Signed Postcard

Limited To 500 Copies

Sam Slater is a Grammy and Oscar-winning producer of Chernobyl and Jokerfilm scores- in which he works with his wife Hildur Gudnadotirr– who also features on this album.

“The record was made just before the pandemic started, working closely with the distinct feed-backing Dorophone sounds of Hildur Guðnadóttir, Yair Glotman’s thunderous double-bass, James Ginzburg’s devotion to precise form and muting my reverb stems, the microtonal brass and woodwinds of Hilary Jeffrey and Sam Dunscombe and the infinite intimacy of Icelandic singer-songwriter JFDR. From Berlin, I would flag sounds I loved; some twitching strings, the stolen alto voice from an abandoned English chorale, some words from a climate scientist fleshed into a poem. These email attachments struck up a sort of sonic pen-pal program, with each person sending a sound, some words, some creative parameters and responding in turn. It became an exercise in receptivity, in which openness itself became a creative voice, hushing my tendency to micromanage every detail. These interactions were pulled together in late 2019 into a single piece written for two sides of a single 12” vinyl; one side describing collapse (Darn!) and the other, recovery (Kintsugi). Influenced by the 70s concept prog records of my childhood, the album loops without ending, so you were never really allowed to rest in safety, or wallow in the mess for too long.”