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Composers Larry Goves and Laurie Tompkins last appeared together on Slip Discs’ third release, the latter remixing the former. 'Virtual Airport/SHUCK!' [SLP007] sees the pair’s ongoing dialogue take a typically eccentric side-step, collecting two composer/poet collaborations with wildly contrasting results.

Goves’ Virtual Airport is a song cycle on texts from long-time collaborator Matthew Welton, written for Sofia Jernberg and Seaming To (voices), Sarah Nicolls (piano), and Oliver Coates (cello), with the composer playing electronics. Recorded live by David Sheppard at the Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds in 2009, this is the first time a performance of this RPS-nominated work has been released. The cycle’s nine songs describe liminal airport spaces with a succinct yet lyrical melancholy, creating some strange cousin of parlour music or lieder.

Laurie Tompkins’ contributions focus upon texts from Sam Quill, principally the radio play SHUCK!, concerning three lads’ encounter with sinister native folklore on a night drive through Essex. SHUCK!, which features performances from Paapa Essiedu, Tim Bowie, and Hugo Nicholson, is framed by the diptych Black Valley, where more formal musical and textual preoccupations take precedent, with Quill himself reading his stylised poetry. Though chiefly synthetic in character, Tompkins’ electronic score retains a sense of the tactile landscape that concerns the text; its distant distorted harmonicas and degraded loops obliquely reminiscent of Goves’ primarily acoustic work.

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released October 31, 2013

Music by Larry Goves / Laurie Tompkins
Words by Matthew Welton / Sam Quill
Mastered by Noel Summerville

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