Alexander Tucker releases new album and announces Liverpool show

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Alexander Tucker (Credit: Dom Garwood)

Alexander Tucker is back with a new album and live date in Liverpool and Getintothis’ Rick Leach has the details.

Alexander Tucker has released his eighth studio album Guild of the Asbestos Weaver on Thrill Jockey, a record that compiles some of his heaviest and most hallucinogenic work to date

He’s also due to play a live date in Liverpool at the end of September

On Guild of the Asbestos Weaver, Alexander Tucker presents a vast expansion of his sound.

Minimalist motifs are sculpted into deep drone constructions, Tucker weaving dense layers of sound to powerful disorienting effect.

Music is employed as a mode of psychic transportation, with collaged lyrics that spin tales of parallel dimensions and dream-like landscapes at the edge of perception.

Through inventive studio manipulation, Tucker sculpts a synthesis of analogue instruments and electronic sources into an immersive and intoxicating sound-world, with pieces that occupy a unique territory somewhere between paranormal electronics and cosmos-seeking psychedelia.

Guild of the Asbestos Weaver leans even further into Alexander Tucker’s fascination with science fiction and cosmic horror, bringing it closer into the orbit of his work as a visual artist.

He explains, “With this album I wanted to join together separate key influences that have affected my work, from science fiction and cosmic horror comics, film and literature to minimalist, drone and dream music composition.

My aim was to weave these elements into repetitious cycles that guide the listener into worlds both uncanny and familiar.”

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The album title, taken from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, refers to the underground opposition of the dystopian novel’s totalitarian government ideology.

Rather than carrying any explicit political message, Guild of the Asbestos Weaver seeks to simply spark the imagination, envisioning an alternate past and new future as the first step towards realising them.

Guild of the Asbestos Weaver

Alexander Tucker plays

  • September 26: The Social, London
  • September 27:  Kazimier Stockroom, Liverpool

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