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 third guest of our series is Memotone, the project of Bristol-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Will Yates. Three years after Collected Ideas On People, he released a new album titled Invisible Ctities which is out via Diskotopia. Inspired by the atmosphere of the Italo Calvino novel of the same name, the sound is a rainbow and a melting pot of colours and styles: the elegant electronic lines, the fluid and liquid ambient lines, the jazz and exotic vibes and the dynamic rhythms changes.
A brilliant aesthetic and a perfect combination which turns his music in to something near to the written narrative. He explained to us: “Invisible Cities is my 5th “official” Memotone album (released on physical format…). I recorded it between April and July of 2019, and I feel like that natural period of growth and regeneration can be heard in the music. It seems I often take a long longer to write and EP than I do an album. EP’s come together slowly over a year maybe as I make things that don’t belong to any particular BODY of work, whereas when I’m writing an album I’m bound up in a frenzy of creativity and ideas that has a real direction to it and can often conceive and complete an album within three months, working on it daily. Invisible Cities was like this. I suddenly had a valve open up within me and everything just came pouring out. Each track is seeded, usually while I’m drifting off to sleep. Then the next day I’m up and trying to create the idea in a presentable way.
The main concept being borrowed from Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’ of course. I was reading and re-reading Invisible Cities during the process, trying to retain the clarity of the musical ideas I initially had. It’s a record that I wanted to create worlds for the listener. Sometimes there are more obvious cues in the music, to situate the landscapes being described, but often it’s open to personal interpretation and memory reference.”
Check his live performance here.