Bradford-based electronic artist break_fold (aka Tim Hann) will release new double a-side ‘Variant’ / ‘Coalesce’ through new label analog horizons; the label launched to showcase the North’s exciting ambient / electronic talent.
The single follows in the wake of break_fold’s eponymously titled third album and the Steve Lamacq championed single ‘Meanwhile…Up in Trump Tower’ (both released winter 2020). ‘Variant’/’Coalesce’ shares the ambient sensibilities of previous works, building a continually evolving landscape of skittish bleeps and beats.
The song titles ‘variant’ and ‘coalesce’ are computing terms, referencing data and programming functions. They hint too at a more emotional response to the coronavirus pandemic. Variant’s shape-shifting melodies evoke an ever-changing, unknowable situation whilst Coalesce’s more buoyant but threat-tinged rhythms represent a craving for togetherness in the face of societal breakdown. For the artist, writing and recording under lockdown was a distraction technique, helping to cope with living through a global tragedy.
analog horizons is a new label established to showcase the exciting stream of ambient / electronica artists from the North, with future releases lined up from Eskimoh, Precept & Grief Lines. The debut release from break_fold will be released on cassette and CD, and the label has also set-up a Patreon to support ongoing releases.
Variant has been released digitally
Variant/Coalesce released MC/CD/digital, 25th June 2021