Editors’ Notes Prophecy is the third solo recording by Sydney-based Laurence Pike, a drummer/composer who plays in PVT, Liars, and Szun Waves. Like so many artists, Pike was forced to confront the question of how to engage creatively in a time of crisis caused not only by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also Australia’s deeply destructive bushfires. He found purpose in solo playing and his own unique approach to sampling and sound design, improvising acoustically on drums and conjuring multi-textured sonic landscapes in which nothing is obvious, and every track is wholly different. Synth tone colors, sparse cymbals and electronic percussion, voice-like parts (“Death of Science,” “Ember”), and other elements float in and out, often grounded in a steady yet subtle rhythmic motion (“Heart of Sky,” “New Normal”) and hazy harmony (“Prophecy,” “Rapture”). At the center of it all is a curious and somewhat dark blend of man and machine.

SONG
Goldens
1
4:03
 
Death of Science
2
4:14
 
Nero
3
2:59
 
Heart of Sky
4
5:56
 
Ember
5
5:12
 
Prophecy
6
4:10
 
New Normal
7
4:07
 
Born Under Saturn
8
3:50
 
Rapture
9
4:10
 
Echoes of Earth
10
5:43
 

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