Lifted is forming again, and joining up with Future Times for their third album of collaborative music.
The 3.3 EP begins the countdown to 3. There will be more music to follow in this mode until 3 is released. Almost all of the songs will be exclusive to these releases.
For 3.3, Lifted showcases a new angle to their music, with an embedded, collage approach, and a very tactile human quality. Fidelities stop on a dime and change, performance meets improvisation, even in the field recordings. In terms of both instruments and people, unreal and real voices abound. Those of collaborators and of random people swirling around, of kids beating on a slide, and repetitions using dub techniques for a contained, scenic sprawl.
“Caveman Lo” is an intro and palate cleanser that perfectly showcases the meeting of real and unreal tones, as gaseous (and then dry, and then back again) forms meet in the air to huddle and spread.
Next is “Mecha Perfume & Variety,” a very warm, bouyant song, with a dark glow at its edge, matched perfectly by the release’s accompanying painting. The piece, along with the entirety of the artwork for 3 and its preceding EPs, is by Jordan Kasey, and her work taps fully into the hovering, cloudsculpture feeling of the music. “Mecha Perfume” also features two guests, Dawit Eklund and Hirama, both on keys, nesting lines and stabs into a glorious, forested funk.
“Rose 32” continues from their previous album 2’s guitar-stained song “Rose 31”, this time in tonal abundance and fresh surf forms courtesy of Dustin Wong. The free percussion of Lifted’s past songs is traded in for boxy drum-machine on this tune, and the guitars skate thru space and form clusters of impossible chords, that fold into and around the machine pop. Field recordings and synths wash in and out, changing the scenery.
Final tune “Variety Field” is collection of materials and versions of “Mecha Perfume,” a complete unspooling of the song as-is to show what it contains, from acting performances and candid field recordings, to deep tape manipulation dubs in the mode of Flying Lizards or the loosest JA architects; helicopters and humming.
released November 27, 2020
Lifted - 3.3 EP
Future Times - FT059.3
Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Tonal Park
Cover painting "Spiral Slide" by Jordan Kasey
1. Caveman Lo
Synths, FX Dub - Matt Papich
Drums, Samples, FX Dub - Max D
Recorded at FT Shop Studio, DC. FX and Mix done with Craig Bowen at Tempo House, MD.
2. Mecha Perfume & Variety
Piano Synth, Synth - Dawit Eklund
Synth - Hirama
Drum FX Dub - Jeremy Hyman
Bass, Drum Machine, Percussion, Marimba, FX, Dub - Max D
Mixing, FX, Editing - Motion Graphics
Guitars, Samples, FX, Dub - Matt Papich
Recorded at FT Shop Studio, DC and with Mike Petillo at Tonal Park, MD. FX and Mix done with Craig Bowen at Tempo House, MD.
3. Rose 32
Bass, MonoMachine - Jeremy Hyman
Field Recording, Synth, FX, Dub - Matt Papich
Guitar - Dustin Wong
Mixing, Editing, FX - Motion Graphics
Drum Machine, Field Recording, MonoPoly, Bass, FX, Dub - Max D
Recorded at FT Shop Studio, DC. Guitar recorded by Dustin direct in downtown LA. FX and Mix done with Craig Bowen at Tempo House, MD.
4. Variety Field
Field Recording, Voice Acting, Effectron, Tape Manipulation - Max D
Tape Manipulation, FX Dub - Matt Papich
Contains a sample of music in progress at the time by Rod Hamilton. We used the same tape in the studio and caught effected bits while manipulating.
Tape manipulation, FX done with Craig Bowen at Tempo House, MD. Mixed by Max D at FT Mobile Studio.