Ben ChatwinVillage Green Recordings
Released: 6th July 2018
Following ‘The Sleeper Awakes’ (2015) and ‘Heat & Entropy’ (2016), ‘Staccato Signals’ is Ben’s third album under his own name. He has performed live across the globe with the likes of William Basinski, Hauschka, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never and Loscil.
Working from ‘The Vennel’, his home studio in South Queensferry, Scotland, Ben Chatwin creates a musical language permeated with a tension between electronic and acoustic worlds, and features Pete Harvey from Modern Studies on cello and Mike Truscott from Kinbrae on brass. Out 6th July 2018 through Village Green Recordings, ‘Staccato Signals’ is a bolder and more ambitious record than anything he has written before, largely the result of relinquishing different levels of control over the musical process. What emerges is a daring, vivid and emotionally-charged music unshackled from a traditional sense of structure and genre. It’s an album that smoulders with darkness, yet is laced with melodic glimmers of light. Throughout the album mournful strings are engulfed by harsh,synthetic tones and disorienting climaxes of electronics. But while these jagged, synthesized textures needle the album together, the acoustic instruments that feature throughout the album continually provide a human counterbalance.