We're happy to release an album-length rework of "Languished" from Lavender's "Horizons Beneath the Surface" by SF-based Marc Kate.
From Marc Kate:
"I think we’re far beyond the point of thinking that “remix” is a prescriptive term. Though after decades of remixing, it still implies that a track is shifted from one micro genre of music to another. One set of beats and synths are swapped out for another set. That’s the market function of a remix – to widen the appeal and sales possibilities of the original material by discarding the very idea of “original”. But I find that remixes are far more interesting when they are a “reimagining”. I’d rather hear and create a remix that views the original from a different perspective. A sort of audio Rashomon.
However, my approach here was very simple. I love Lavender’s album “Horizons Beneath the Surface”, and in particular, the track “Languished”. Finding myself replaying the album all day, I thought I would dilate it, rather than reprise it. Rather than stretch the work though, I pulled it open from the inside, examined the details, like a slow, lingering autopsy of the original. Not as cold and macabre, but just as lingering and unflinching."
Marc Kate's Bio:
Originally trained as a filmmaker and visual artist, San Francisco based producer and composer Marc Kate applies cinematic and conceptual approaches to music and audio production.
A response to the tech culture assault on San Francisco (and the world), Kate takes up the tools of the trade — computers and synthesis — and slyly counter-attacks, imbuing humanity precisely where humanity is being evacuated. He creates a counterpoint to tech’s speed and greed — slow, immersive, materialist, drifting.
But Kate also draws from his history in San Francisco’s synth-punk and techno scenes, emerging to create stripped-down, static experiments in synthesis.
He leads the electronic post-punk band Never Knows and has released solo material on labels Computer Tapes, Loöq, HNYTRX, Trip Show and Treehouse Muzique, and his own imprints Untitled & After and Failing Forms.
He has collaborated with dark cabaret iconoclast Vinsantos and pop singer Tim Carr, composed soundtracks for choreographers Monique Jenkinson and Keith Hennessy (Circo Zero), and contributed to the soundtrack of cult horror film All About Evil. In 2012 he launched the podcast Why We Listen, on which he interviews a varied range cultural practitioners about their relationship to music. He has composed music for the audio tour of the Clyfford Still room at the SFMOMA, performed at the De Young Museum and was featured in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Bay Area Now 7.
released August 3, 2016
Mastering by Gustavo Lanzas
Artwork by Darren Cutlip