IS TROPICAL have been traveling five continents, writing and recording their modular third LP ‘Black Anything’, released via the newly founded, New York based Axis Mundi Records, with the first two songs from the album, ‘Crawl / On My Way’, released as the first of five 10” vinyls on 8th December 2014.
Here’s the video for ‘Crawl’.
With ‘Black Anything’, produced with Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, formerly of Clor), the band introduce the vocals of Kirstie Fleck (singer of 2013’s ‘Dancing Anymore’) as a full-time member of the band.
The ambitious project will be released in five 10” transparent picture disc installments, containing two tracks per vinyl. When displayed on top of each other, the five vinyls create the globe, unifying the concept as a whole. “Each vinyl will be an art work and a tribute to the continent it was recorded in. It is being made available worldwide without prejudice to territories. The records are being promoted through local networks of people who are inspired by the project”.
“Coming from a background as Fine Artists, we always wanted to create and establish our own project, so the inception of a musician-led record label like Axis Mundi was always imminent”.
On Axis Mundi no creative boundaries ethos the band explain: “The guidance we received from [previous label] Kitsuné was great for our development and something we’ll always be grateful for. They had faith in us from day one, so it was always going to be hard to part ways, but we now feel experienced enough to push forward with our own self-filtered product”
On treating ‘Black Anything’ as a project – rather than an album, they say: “Recording in this way has allowed the tracks to develop over time and emerge as a curated and intended body of work and is by no means a compilation or a compromise”.
“We have always wanted the opportunity to present each track the way it was intended – in its own right and not as either a ‘single’ which is often given all the attention or a ‘filler’ to be largely overlooked. Presently, the value of songs is largely reflected by how many views it’s music video received and this is something we’ve experienced first-hand, but we have never written or released a song we didn’t want people to hear. We do not believe this should be a privileged or unusual expectation”
“’Black Anything’ was born through touring and recording in places we’ve grown to know and love through our music. We wanted to use the inspiring environments we were in to develop and craft the songs instead of locking ourselves in a studio in London.”