Sevendeaths is the alias of the revered Edinburgh-based musician, producer, and composer Steven Shade. ‘Remote Sympathy’ is his greatest body of work yet and the first to be committed to vinyl. An album of cinematic, synth-epic drone music – created during long nights of sleep deprivation – the record is both a celebration of life and human strength and an acceptance of the frailty of the human spirit.
With Remote Sympathy, Shade has created a more emotional, personal, and expansive record than his previously acclaimed works (noted for their complex technical brilliance and conceptual narratives) ’Concreté Misery’ and ‘sometimes, silence’. Here he sounds the depths of the human psyche, creating a brutal maelstrom where dense slabs of noise gyre. But this is not a record only of fear and darkness – there is hope and light here too, soaring melodies amid the tumult.
Using noise as a metaphor for information overload, Shade questions how technology creates fragmented selves. Who are we now, in the era of the internet? And how can we give voice to our experience, now both totalizing and discordant? He has opened up the restrictive digital process mastered on Concreté Misery, allowing natural sounds through via spectral resynthesis and sampling techniques, alongside vocal and live contributions from long term collaborators Rafe Fitzpatrick (Alasdair Roberts and friends / ilk) and Iban Perez (Tut vu vu / Nai-ox).
LM045 Sevendeaths – Remote Sympathy