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    Release date: 03 June 2022


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    “Percussion that flickers like a busted halogen lamp… gently transportive”The Wire

    "Meticulous glitches and stitches, stealthy stutters and stops, T. Gowdy is exploring something impending here that’s enticing and irresistible." - Backseat Mafia
    "Rather than burst into a dancefloor whirlwind or electronic symphony, Miracles evokes its emotions through slowburn repetition, dodging expectations and emphasising its conceptual charm." - Bleep  ALBUM OF THE WEEK

    Where Therapy With Colour consisted of stereo live performances, Miracles is far more vibrant, oscillating between skinny techno, minimal IDM and multi-layered textures of sound that act as a gateway to a new world.” - Sun-13

    "Miracles is a beautiful album of ambient electronica that works perfectly as a 38-minute-long piece, each track flowing effortlessly into the next. Gowdy has used all of his studio experience to create an album that works on so many different levels, it’s (...) the sort of music you can immerse yourself in, picking up all the little nuances that float in and around the core of the songs." - Musique Machine

    “L'attrait de cette musique tient à sa dimension malgré tout vivante, les textures électroniques agitées de battements, gonflées de pulsations, de renflements.” - Inactuelles

    "Miracles is a record for the head rather than for dancefloor hedonism. Its multi-layered tracks reward repeat listening at an intellectual level as you try to make sense of the world that Gowdy has created here. A sense of claustrophobia, alienation and disquiet await those (p)lucky enough to dive in." - Spectrum Culture

     
    T. Gowdy has kept up a productive albeit mostly virtual pace since the release of Therapy With Colour (his third full-length album and first for Constellation) which dropped just as things were locking down back in spring 2020: performances at numerous festivals including MUTEK Montréal, Node Festival and NEW NOW; audiovisual pieces exhibited at various European galleries and events; a track and video for Constellation’s Corona Borealis Longplay Singles Series; sound design for the documentary Atalaya by filmmaker Emma Roufs.

    Gowdy now returns with Miracles, his second full-length for Constellation, which draws on source materials originally performed in 2018 for an unreleased audio/visual project based around surveillance footage—a precursor to video-capped, monitor-based horizons that soon took on new meanings. Re-immersing himself in those recordings, Gowdy disassembles and deploys them as raw source material for new experiments with vactrols, noise gates and analog-to-digital triggering and aliasing, the original recordings juxtaposed anew amidst their successive textural and rhythmic treatments. Gowdy keeps this re-composition process stripped down, elemental and purposive, guided by an ascetic Aufhebung: synthesis as sublation—subjecting a temporal material/theme to analysis and transformation, reintegrating to form a whole that overcomes what it preserves without erasure, reshaping and intrinsically carrying its origins forward. 

    Where Therapy With Colour was strictly and rigorously a set of stereo live performances, Miracles fuses iterative—though still spartan—layers of performance. “Therapy With Colour was about healing through self-hypnosis; Miracles is about forging a future with memory through subjection to trigger mechanisms” notes Gowdy. The result is a captivating collection of minimal IDM and oscillated electronics from the Montréal/Berlin producer, working primarily in a 120-140 BPM zone of tonal percussion and corrugated pulse. Gowdy’s sensibility and sound palette gets deeper and dirtier, summoning new pathways of alluvial flicker and abraded euphoria. As the album progresses, low-pass gate vactrols coalesce into a clear and vital theme, conveying immanence through woody timbres at times reminiscent of the Shinrin-yoku aesthetic (Japanese ‘forest bathing’), though always with a grainy transcendence rather than invoking any clean pure sheen. Gowdy consistently heats and heightens the presence of each component in the mix, balancing different elements in democratic compression/distortion, attaining an unornamental and earnest form of mantric-industrial majesty. Miracles is live, corporeal, activated electronic music of the highest caliber, deployed with monastic and meditative focus. Thanks for listening.

     

    PACKAGING NOTES

    Deluxe 180gram vinyl edition pressed at Optimal (DE) comes in 350gsm jacket + 190gsm artworked inner both printed LE-UV on 100% PCW uncoated artboard + DL card.
    180gLP Art Print Edition includes two 9.5"x12" art prints of the original cover art (mail-order exclusive/edition of 100).
    CD comes in custom mini-gatefold artboard jacket.


    CREDITS

    Recorded and mixed at 350J (2018) and Tim Gowdy’s home studio in Berlin (2020-2021), with some key touches done in the basement of Gowdy’s parents’ house in Montreal (2021).
    Mastered at Pheek Mix & Mastering, Montreal.

    Thanks to all my family and friends, notably John for his words, Don and a special thanks to Emma, this couldn't have come together without you.
    Thanks to the Constellation family for being so supportive. This album is dedicated to Laura Buckley and her journey through this labyrinth.