Isolation Tales – Live From Home is the follow-up of the project “Isolation Portrait“, focused on electronic textures and experimental paths in music. We have selected 8 different artists (from all over the world) which recorded a live session from their homes, during the lockdown times. 8 stories, 8 portraits of 8 great artists. Check the previous episodes here.
The second guest of our series are Irish duo Lakker which is comprised of Ian McDonnell (known also for the solo project Eomac and as half of the duo Noeverything with Laura Kilty) and Dara Smith which recently has released a solo EP with the moniker Arad.
Four years after the full-length Tundra and 2016’s Struggle & Emerge EP (using field recordings of TV and radio broadcasts from the Dutch National AV archive), they have released a new album called Época in 2019, out now via R&S Records. According to the press release, Época is a bracing return to form, combining caustic electronics with fresh inspiration from the prepared piano of John Cage, plaintive folk melodies, the explorative label Sublime Frequencies and the raw rhythms of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege Tapes.
“We wrote this record together, in the studio as a duo.” Ian explains “Previous records involved a lot of time working on tracks individually, but Época was written almost entirely together in the studio – it felt much more fun, more organic and democratic.” We allowed it to happen rather than push or pressure it” Dara adds.
Check their A/V live performance below.