Whorl was recorded live in front of 900 fans during a concert at Pappy & Harriet’s Saloon in Pioneertown, CA on April 26th, 2014. For the performance, the duo scrapped their computers in favor of a rack of modular synth gear and one sequencer each. They explained their process in an issued statement:
The recordings we did in the studio while we were writing and rehearsing the new material for Whorl were simply ‘live’ takes – the system we’re using has limited ability to save patterns in the sequencer, but nothing like the flexibility of a computer. Live performance and studio composition are essentially now the same process, rather than the common method of writing a track using the computer, and then working out ways to perform it live. We planned not to slavishly limit ourselves just to this performance – when we came to mixdown the album, we used portions of three sessions – the show itself, an extended jam we did in the desert the day before, and a little of our London studio rehearsal.
Watch an album trailer below, which features a snippet of lead single “Tangents”.
02. Dandelion Spheres
03. Sun Dogs
04. Hypnick Jerk
06. Z Sphere
09. Jam Side Up
11. Iron Henge