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About this item
'Feeling Today' is Spencer Stephenson's debut release under the Botany moniker. The culmination of years of assembling music, this MLP, and his forthcoming full-length, flow with a transcendental radiance. Under the gauzy patina of decades-old samples, this Texan sound-sculptor masterfully merges the past and the present, the earthly and the infinite. Spencer recalls recording a casio keyboard onto cassette-tape at the age of 4, and becoming hooked on the simple idea that he could capture sounds and share them with those around him.
Now 22, he's still at it, playing instruments and stitching sounds together in his home atop a hill, surrounded by trees, fringed by the wide Texas horizon. He explores the cosmic nexus of shimmering psychedelia, blissed-out pop, and instrumental hip-hop, as he turns recycled sounds into something thoroughly modern. For Spencer there's a therapeutic value in reconfiguring the "noise" of an information-dense consumer culture into something nourishing and honest. He collects artifacts...scavenged bits of ephemera...all of the organic and inorganic matter that passes through our hands and heads everyday and he uses them to build something deeply personal. Ultimately, he reminds us that the natural world we are a part of is one of boundless wonder and color." Botany’s Feeling today EP has already received praise from Fader, Urb, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear, and more. Botany’s forthcoming full-length features vocals by J. Tillman of Fleet Foxes.
"I love the way the elements here (music box tinkles, ghostly samples, rhythmic detritus) combine into something hypnotic and balmy. All the pieces cling to each other blissfully.." Stereogum.
"Botany has a love for rhythms that'll send you running through a grassy field...uplifting melodies and twinkling sounds..." XLR8R.
"...bounces with playful drumming and handclaps, accompanied by bubbly guitars and otherworldly oohs." Pitchfork.
"...a blossoming soundscape made special by the decisive lack of formal structure." Drowned in Sound.
1. Feeling Today
2. Minnow Theme
4. Glass House