Leah Kardos has announced that she will release a new EP, titled ‘Bird Rib’, next month, with first single ‘Deedee’ out now.
The new material reworks and reuses old material. Three tracks on the EP are built from offcuts from her 2017 album ‘Ricocochet’, while the other three are composed on top of older pieces played in reverse.
“After working on ‘Rococochet’ I had a lot of fragments and sketches which for one reason or another I decided not to include”, she says. “Tape transfer experiments, small snippets of performances, room tones and offcuts. I always thought I would eventually get around to assembling something from these parts”.
She then adds that “while working with tape I really got into reversing my recordings, and a lot of compositions started out that way – listening to what I had on my tapes backwards and seeing what ideas would spark from that”.
With all that in mind, “three of the pieces on ‘Bird Rib’ are cobbled together from those remaining sketches from ‘Rococochet’. The other three were written into and on top of older pieces that have been reversed: ‘Open Again Eventually’ uses ‘The Closeness of Distance’, ‘Brundle Beat’ uses sections of ‘Highly Active Girls’, and ‘Bird Rib’ was written to ‘DFACE [Practice This Video]’”.
She concludes: “I feel like I’ve uncovered rather than composed these pieces, opting to work intuitively in creating music that the raw materials seemed to suggest for themselves”.
The EP is out on 19 Mar. Watch the video for ‘Deedee’ here: