The Slowest Lift are going on a mini tour, in collaboration, with Noel Meek of New Zealand / End of the Alphabet Records. We’re in the middle of working out how that’s going to sound at the moment. And the amazing Richard Youngs is joining us so that’s a bit mind blowing. Post artwork by the talented Julian Bradley.
Off to Paris on the 10th April to collaborate with Delphine Dora and Wolf Eyes. It’s part of the Wolf Eyes collaboration series 2018 read more here:
Get your LPs here! Divine Ekstasys, by Delphine Dora and I, is available to buy from me for £15 plus postage. Think it works out as £3 for postage to UK. Click on the picture of Gig and Waka above to go to paypal. If you’re in Europe send me a message first and I’ll find out how much it costs to get to you, it might be cheaper to get one from Delphine Dora in France. If you’re in America you’d be better off buying one directly from http://feedingtuberecords.com/releases/divine-ekstasys/ You can also pick one up from the tiny record section at Tor Beers, inside the The Golden Lion, Todmorden. Anywhere else in the world, get in touch and we’ll sort something out. Also available to hear on Bandcamp.
The Slowest Lift did a few tunes for the BBC Radio 3 show called Exposure. Have a listen by clicking the action shot of us below… only up for a month
In unrelated radio themed news you can hear an interview (of sorts) with me, Jake Blanchard, Willie Stewart and Natalia Beylis (of Woven Skull). Chatting and playing tunes basically. It was fun.
Delphine Dora and I decided to go legit and have made a Bandcamp page for our ongoing collaborations. It exists here:
I’ll draw your attention to our next release that will be officially out on the 20th April via the ace Feeding Tube Records. Have a listen online here:
Preorder the record directly from Feeding Tube or get in touch if you want one from me.
Here’s how Byron Coley describes it:
“First vinyl evidence of the dizzying, ongoing collaboration between France’s Delphine Dora and West Yorkshire’s Sophie Cooper.
Delphine’s piano, organ, vocals and extended improvisation techniques have been documented in various places, and always serve up oceanic slabs of pure aural mystery. Comparisons have been made to Charlemagne Palestine, Marian Zazeela and other experimentalists, although Ms. Dora has long maintained her compositions are structurally rooted in folk music. Suffice to say the results are usually otherworldly and stunning. Cooper’s guitar, electronics, vocals and trombone have caused similar reactions (I am especially fond of her recent Globokar-like ‘bone-investigations). And the pair’s collusions (of which there have been several) are always eagerly anticipated.
The main themes of the two sides of the LP are “Invisible Gesture” and “Sublime Gesture.” The Invisible seems to involve more entwined vocals and a certain space-oid twinkle to the keys. There are also occasional flare-ups that recall Third Ear Band’s music for Macbeth or some unknown collaboration between Comus and Paul Rutherford. The “Sublime” adds heavier drone action to the process, as well as insertion of noise and classical “events” to interact with the ghost vocals.
It is a truly delirious spin.”