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Fantasy

    Fantasy takes a more abstract approach to sampling than his previous work, bringing his own instrumentation and vocals to the fore, while folding elements from 1970s fantasy cinema into his distinctive strain of rhythmic, off-centre electronica and kinetic club music.

    As Romare, Archie Fairhurst’s working practice is rooted in collage, building vivid new forms out of existing material. Playful and immediate, but also deeply researched and compelling, his albums and performances reaching back to 2012 unfurl as a patchwork of inspirations and obsessive lines of enquiry made up of a global panoply of source material.

    He explains: “The inspiration of Fantasy came from long walks and fantasy films during lockdown. I used to draw monsters and mythical creatures as a child and that interest was reignited in isolation. The album is dedicated to my dad, so I’ve combined photos he took as a young man with my own from recent walks, to build a fantasy land and sea. The sun or moon is a drawing from when I was 4 or 5 years old and the beast is a collage of animals and birds from secondhand books I’ve picked up along the way.

    The samples come more from film on this record, and the influence of Medieval music can be heard in some of the songs. I enjoyed listening to the band Gryphon at one point while making the album and was inspired by the 'otherworldly' instruments they used in their recordings. There is something spooky about combining film samples with sounds of popular instruments from the past.”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Not only should it be applauded for championing new, eco-friendly methods of vinyl production; but "Fantasy" finds Romare exuding a level of coolness and poise even more refined than on previous works. From the BOC-indebted opener of "Quiet Corners..." onwards, we're guided by a playful and highly textured hand which is uniquely Romare's.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 Quiet Corners Of My Mind
    A2 Priestess
    B1 Walking In The Rain
    B2 Dungeon
    C1 Seventh Seal
    C2 Arthur
    D1 Sunset
    D2 The Fool

    Romare

    Gone / Danger

      In the two years since the release of his critically acclaimed album "Love Songs: Part Two", Romare, real name Archie Fairhurst, has spent his time almost solely on the road. Playing over 150 shows across the world, including stops at Berghain / Panorama Bar, Primavera Sound, All Points East, Dimensions, III Points, Printworks and The Warehouse Project. He joined both Bonobo and Nightmares On Wax on their US tours, playing iconic venues like Terminal 5 and Output in New York and Smart Bar in Chicago, has played shows across India and Australia, and held two sold-out London residences, first at Phonox and most recently at the Jazz Cafe.

      Recorded over the same period, in which he also acquired an electric organ and built a new recording studio, the two tracks, "Gone" & "Danger" represent his most intentional and direct nod to the dancefloor to date. The titular A-side, with its menacing bassline and soaring piano stabs was named after a vocal snippet since removed from the track. The B-side "Danger" was imagined as an alternative to "Gone", with both tracks being recorded 'whilst watching the seasons change from winter to summer in the new studio set up in the garden'.

      Romare's finely crafted house tapestries have appealed to everyone here at Piccadilly since his first forays on Ninja Tune. Intricate yet unimposing, his detailed collages nod to hip-hop and downbeat whilst working intrinsically within house music's wide cannon. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Romare's deft and gentle hand strikes again. The UK's answer to Moodymann? Maybe not but there's parallels as to how they both manipulate sound. Sometimes less is more, and Romare demonstrates this perfectly.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Gone
      B1. Danger


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