Day Away

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Offer - Day Away - released 28 Nov 2018
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Offer is the public result of almost ten years of private collaboration. The result sees Jack Armitage (AKA Lil Data of PC Music) and Adult Jazz vocalist Harry Burgess create a body of work that is equal parts bracing and melodic – a collection of bizarre tracks stretched somewhere between maximalist pop, folk singing and contemporary music.

Day Away is the first track shared from a forthcoming full-length.

With Offer, Armitage and Burgess sustain the tension between the uneven and disordered intimacy of improvisation, and the brash clarity of the digital production placed in dialogue with it. Bright and strange production is hung upon tangled, hooky, vocal melodies, propelling the emotive vocals of Burgess further into the seemingly hostile, often artificial territory explored on Earrings Off! – Adult Jazz’s second offering, released on cult electronic label Tri Angle. It’s territory well known to Armitage, whose live-coding and production as Lil Data found a home on boundary-pushing London label PC Music, and later on the standout ‘Track 10’ from Charli XCX’s Pop 2 mixtape.

Armitage and Burgess first met online in 2008, on a fan forum for mid-noughties dance punks ¡Forward Russia! This connection made its way onto Myspace and the two started sharing demos. The files (“essentially white noise and a Winston Churchill speech”) marked out an experimental bent, but nothing stuck. The connection was reified a couple of years later when the pair attended Leeds University – the results of their day-long, improvisational rehearsals in the stuffy basement of their halls again never seeing the light of day, but making clear that there was some unfinished business.

The current embodiment of the partnership began in the summer of 2015 – the initial sessions focusing on exploring the Roli Seaboard, a highly expressive keyboard with continuous silicone keys. Armitage’s recordings and manipulations of Burgess’s first improvisations with the controller became the spines of the songs that make up their forthcoming full-length, navigating the hinterland between the pair’s respective worlds and showing it to be a fertile place.

Offer doesn’t share much sonically with ¡Forward Russia! – but they serve as a fitting origin point: DIY, bracing and singular.

lyrics

Lyrics:

How did
I let it stand
So long?
So long
Truly now I know
It’s slight every time
Forever drawing line, my threshold

Knee deep in
Some holy mystery
It marbled good and bad
I was never sure
Or surgical
To tease the strands apart

But they’ve come apart
Useful unravel
Won’t try stitch it up

When it salts
Two wounds
Never worth the bother
For a while, it healed one
And I could wash the other
Now it comes along and wakes them both up
I’m turning around
Between both, wide eyed
And when it comes it picks them apart
The plasters, off
Now I wake alone, not wondering why
I ache, at least I know
There’s no economy
To this anymore
Despite the feeling of healing I had
Trouble’s only a day away
With him I know the trouble is only a day away
With him I know the trouble is only a day away

The reeling is only a day away
Bread break on me, mmm, for me
Mmm, pray
Pray me, my boy
Or stay me alone?
For I am prone
To pray in love as a favor
Be a charity job
For I have grown wrong
This is all I can know
Culture love as a mould
On only saviours, and bare bones
He graces me what I deserve
I am lucky for it
But it doesn’t faze him at all
It doesn’t weight him at all
It doesn’t mark him at all
Doesn’t even
Doesn’t even
Doesn’t faze him at all
Give me back a semblance of self
I’m bare
Truly in tatters, boiling over, teenage
And it doesn’t faze him at all
Who are you to win wars?
Who are you to say?
Who are you to question it?
Who are you to say that
It doesn’t faze him at all?
That it doesn’t bother him at all?
That nothing caves in him at all?
How can you know sitting by your window?
By staring at things?
Ooh by your window
But the feelings still coming on
It doesn’t faze him at all
It doesn’t faze him at all
It doesn’t faze him at all
It doesn’t faze him at all

credits

released November 27, 2018
Written by Offer (Harry Burgess and Jack Armitage)
Produced by Lil Data (Jack Armitage)
Co-produced by Harry Burgess
Artwork by Dan W Jacobs / AEVA

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Harry (Adult Jazz) + Lil Data (PC Music)

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