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Primal Forms

by Shackleton/Zimpel

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Lovdahl, Ian
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Lovdahl, Ian it drones
it soothes
it moves
it vibrates
it's dancing
and also sleeping
like ambient applause Favorite track: Primal Forms.
Bingle Beats
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Bingle Beats Shackleton is truly one of the most singular and inspirational artists of the 21st century. His early work through Skull Disco has made a major impact on my musical tastes, and it's been truly fascinating seeing his progression over the years. Primal Forms is probably his best body of work since the outstanding Music for the Quiet Hour, the crossover of live instrumentation and electronic sound/sequencing is truly something to behold - perfect for fans of seriously of there music Favorite track: Ruined Future.
Soloman Tump
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Soloman Tump Shackleton has remained one of my favourite electronic artists ever since the Skull Disco days... forever an innovator with rhythm and bass but now with added creative realms in these excellent collaborative works with instrumentalists and vocalists. Favorite track: Primal Drones.
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jonzmusic Sublime. Hats off - it's all of a piece, and the piece dances above the horizon. Love it. Favorite track: Primal Forms.
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In a world seemingly hellbent on tearing itself apart, it makes perfect sense for two musicians from such disparate backgrounds and disciplines to come together to create a new musical vernacular. Sam Shackleton, returning on Cosmo Rhythmatic after his previous outing on the label as Tunes of Negation, and Polish clarinetist/multi-instrumentalist Wacław Zimpel have joined forces. Their offering is a new album for the label: three long tracks of spiritual introspection and ascensional energy. A work of unison and solidarity.

Both boasting a track record of successful collaborative projects, the two artists have united after being introduced by mutual friends, in wake of a shared interest in minimalism and a broad set of influences rooted in different musical traditions. Joining Zimpel’s demanding multi-layered experience in Avant-garde jazz with Shackleton’s mathematical, esoteric lyricism, the pair have used all the tools at their disposal, aiming at a new form of ritual trance music. This fierce fusion of styles brings out the very best in each other, showing unique clarity and force. Miss it at your peril!


released July 31, 2020

All tracks written and produced by Sam Shackleton and Waclaw Zimpel
Electronics, sequencing, and programming by Sam Shackleton
Alto clarinet, violin, harmonium, e-piano, organ, frame drum, percussions, lira, and monochord by Waclaw Zimpel
Photography by Sara Kałużna
Mastered and Cut by Loop-o


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As there are a few Shackletons out there, please note that this is the site of the maverick psychedelic ritual trance maestro of Skull Disco/Honest Jon's and Woe To The Septic Heart semi-fame! Thanks!
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