Statik (Smalltown Supersound)

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Actress — the moniker of British electronic producer Darren Cunningham — announces his new album, Statik, out June 7th via Smalltown Supersound, and shares  singles “Dolphin Spray” & “Static.”  Cunningham’s latest studio album is imbued with a sense of freedom and stillness. From conception through creation and release,  Statik has been blessed with an almost unnatural ease. For Actress, who wrote the majority of this  record in an extensive flow state, the celestial and expansive project serves as a testament to artistic liberation. “Static,” a shadowy and buzzy ambient track released quietly last week, sets the stage for the bouncy and twinkling “Dolphin Spray.”


Following last year’s LXXXVIII (released via Ninja Tune), the subtly majestic Statik marks Actress’ first full length for Smalltown Supersound. The collaboration between Cunningham and the esteemed Oslo-based purveyors of elevated sonics evolved organically following Actress’ remix of a Carmen Villain cut for the 12” of her Only Love From Now On LP.


Once ‘inside’ the Statik experience, listeners may well find themselves newly calm and meditative. Of course, those well-versed in Actress’s works are well-traveled when it comes to fantastical flights of the mind. Transportive sonics that spark inner-voyages – whether through nocturnal cityscapes, or far above and beyond, through Saturn’s rings and past Pluto’s moons – are prime Cunningham terrain. Yet while Statik is unmistakably an Actress LP, it’s also distinctly aquatic and subtly primordial, and so offers his audience novel elemental atmospheres to flow through. Listening closely, influential visions of aqueous realms, such as the mythic Atlantis, and evocations of ancient ceremonies as well as flying birds (and, perhaps, humans) may reveal themselves. No matter if Statik inspires you to soar above or below the horizon, Actress and Smalltown Supersound promise you a safe and transcendent journey.