New York based percussionist and composer Eli Keszler releases Late Archaic, the second single taken from the forthcoming album Icons - out on the 25th June via LuckyMe. The release of the latest track comes with the news of a special upcoming live performance from Keszler to take place on the 16th June at Mast Books, NYC, to launch the Icons exhibition which will be running until 6th July.
Icons is an immersive work in perpetual motion, evoking a glorious and dystopian western world. Known as a frequent collaborator to Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Kevin Beasley, and Rashad Becker, Keszler’s latest solo venture offers up a latticework of melodic percussion, drum set, and electro-acoustic instrumentation, built upon fragments of American abstraction, ancient scales, industrial percussion, and jazz-age film noir to achieve its feeling of imperial decay. Keszler’s instrumental performances are framed by panoramic recordings of New York City and the Odyssey Cave, along with other on-location audio from his global travels, defining an expansive music that takes on hyperreal forms difficult to describe outside of the loss and wonderment that defines our age.
Announcing the album early last month with lead single The Accident, the project has so far been supported by the likes of BBC 6 Music, Resident Advisor, and The Fader.
Keszler has released music on Shelter Press, Empty Editions, ESP Disk and PAN. His 2018 album Stadium was awarded Boomkat’s Album Of The Year. Most recently, Keszler wrote the original score to Dasha Nekrasova’s feature The Scary of Sixty First (which made its recent premiere at Berlin Film Festival) and contributed to Daniel Lopatin’s original score for Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems. Keszler’s music, installation, and visual work have appeared at the Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Hessel Museum, Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Luma-Foundation, Barbican, Walker Art Center, and MoMA PS1.
Eli Keszler - Late Archaic
Out 25th June 2021
Stream ‘Late Archaic’ here