May Day

by Silica Gel

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about

On their debut album, Silica Gel dive into a continuum of art song that stretches back a thousand years. Through radical reinterpretation, they bypass the gatekeepers of the academy to retrieve beautiful melodies buried in illuminated manuscripts, and toss them onto the bank of our current century.

Coming out of the underground DIY scene of Birmingham, Alabama, Silica Gel's sound is a unique synthesis of early medieval music with electronics and improvisation. The core of their debut album adapts a series of songs from the 14th century satirical text Roman de Fauvel, which tells the story of a vain donkey who rises to prominence in the French royal court. Silica Gel transforms this music into a fitting political allegory for our time through distortion & repetition of language, layering time upon itself in a conceptual historical loop. The music evokes the sound of peasants being churned through the wheels of industry...disembodied voices return to us from the other side of a several hundred year technological process.

credits

released October 30, 2020

Laura Thomas: voice
Lauren Jones: voice
Joel Nelson: electronics, mandolin
Jasper Lee: pyraharp, percussion, recorders 
Myles Cain: moog synthesizer

Tracks IV, V, VII written by Silica Gel
Tracks II, III, IX, X adapted from the Roman de Fauvel (14th century)
Track I adapted from Kalenda Maya (12th century)
Track VI adapted from La Quinte Estampie Real (13th century)
Track VIII adapted from La Harpe de Melodie (14th century)

Recorded in LeBaron Hall, Montevallo, Alabama, June 17, 2019
And in a house in Birmingham, AL Dec 31, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020
Pan Pan Medico recorded late spring to midsummer 2020

Recorded & Mixed by Jasper Lee
Mastered by Eli Winograd at Lone Pine Road Studio
Cover Art by Turner Williams Jr.
Jacket Hookup courtesy of Jimmy Griffin
Screen Printing by Isidro Robinson

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