Kinbrae share ‘Movement of Light’ from new album ‘Landforms’, out via Truant Recordings

April 7, 2019

Kinbrae ‘Landforms’ New album released on April 19th via Truant Recordings

“An expansive sound that melds brass melodies, field recordings and percussion with modular synths and samples” – Self-titled

“Kinbrae have achieved something which appears timeless, woven irrevocably into the natural environment, matching musically its cyclical rhythms, its physical dynamism.”– Ravechild

Their experimental mix of brass, electronics and percussion makes for truly beautiful ambient soundscapes that have a classical bent” – The Skinny

‘Landforms’ is the second album by Scottish duo Kinbrae, the recording pseudonym of twins Andy and Mike Truscott, and this latest release follows the band’s acclaimed debut ‘Tidal Patterns’. The new album explores the River Tay, its surrounding landscape and the impact growing up on its banks had on the brothers. 

They’ve now shared new single ‘Movement of Light’ alongside it’s hypnotic visuals. “For this record we wanted to expand ourselves sonically to combine brass parts with synths, electronic textures and manipulated field recordings to create an expansive orchestral sound,” Andrew tells us. “Movement of Light was one of the first songs we wrote for the record and from early on in the recording process we thought it was well suited to open the album.”

Released on new London-based label Truant Recordings, ‘Landforms’ builds on the band’s debut release and sees the brothers move away from the more traditional modern classical timbre they have recently produced. Built around Andy’s synthesizer and percussion and Mike’s brass melodies and harmonies the album also sees the band experiment with modular equipment, effected field recordings and sampling to create a sonically diverse and intriguing sound.

The majority of the album was recorded at Edinburgh based musician Ben Chatwin’s home studio, where the twins had the opportunity to be more sonically adventurous and use electronics and effects to shape many of the sounds on the album. Tracks such as ‘Meander’ and ‘The River Awakens’ take the listener on a trip down the river from its source in the hills down to the open expanse of the North Sea. These tracks explore the variety in the temperament of the river from chaotic rapids down to the gentle expanses witnessed on a calm summer’s day. The brothers explore the reflective and healing powers of water in ‘The Bridge at Night’ while ‘Movement of Light’ and ‘Wave Propagation’ explore the movement of the waves themselves. 

 Collectively these tracks come together to form the overall ‘Landforms’ album, mirroring the way in which water itself forges natural features on the land, helping to give the music a sense of place. 


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