Sea Island is a collection of new material composed and recorded over the
past two years. While many of these compositions were performed live
extensively prior to recording, others were constructed in the studio and
are being heard for the first time here.
Musically, the album represents a range of compositional approaches.
Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses
and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised
moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground.
Certain tracks on Sea Island such as album opener Ahull make rhythm their
focus by exploring subtle polyrhythms and investigating colliding moments
of repetition and variation.
Though staunchly electronic at its core, instruments such as vibraphone
and piano make appearances, and layers of live musicality, improvisation
and detail appear in the looped and layered beds of manipulated sound
recordings. A varied cast of players appear in the loscil "ensemble", some
familiar collaborators from the past such as Jason Zumpano on rhodes and
Josh Lindstrom on vibraphone, and others new to the mix such as
Fieldhead's Elaine Reynolds who provides layered violin on Catalina 1943,
and Ashley Pitre contributing vocals on Bleeding Ink. Seattle pianist Kelly
Wyse, who collaborated with loscil on his 2013 edition of piano-centric
reworks Intervalo, performs on the tracks Sea Island Murders and En Masse.