DEBUT ROMAN ROADS IV – XI OUT NOW
Land Observations is very pleased to share with the world the blissfuly cinematic video for “Via Flaminia”, a track off of his debut album Roman Roads IV – XI. A stream of scenic landscapes filmed at a decelerated pace, the vide0 stays true to the album’s calming, undulatory vibe. So wrap yourself up in a blanket, put on the kettle and watch the video HERE.
Roman Roads IV – XI was released September 4th, 2012 on Mute. It is now available on CD, vinyl and download, with packaging featuring original drawings by James Brooks [Land Observations].
Land Observations is the solo project of James Brooks, which debuted at the Short Circuit, presents Mute Festival at the Roundhouse in May 2011.
Brooks’ previous band, Appliance, released four critically acclaimed albums on Mute before disbanding. Since then, Brooks has developed his visual and audio art with various shows across the UK, North America and Europe (his current exhibition, The Information Exchange, is at Domobaal, London, WC1 until August 2012).
Throughout, music has remained a constant, with Brooks now connecting his conceptual approaches to instrumental musical compositions.
Attempts to develop a new project alongside the visual art meant that Brooks did a lot of home recording at his flat in Hackney, East London.
Land Observations, developed out of an interest in the former Roman roads that lay just a short walk from his front door – roads of communication and conquest that stretch from the old City of London and out across parts of Britain, Europe and beyond.
Land Observations witnesses Brooks exploring the power of minimalism via layered, repetitive electric VI string guitar – creating warm, evocative instrumentals.
Although Brooks spent considerable time researching Roman Roads-, with each of the compositions responding to the psychogeography of an individual road – this is not just a historical project, or an attempt to look only into the past. There is an obvious fascination with Roman Roads as man made structures, with their bold lines carving through the landscape, creating an album that’s a reflection on the broader ideas of travel, momentum and progress.
The album was recorded at the Bridge and Tunnel Mobile, Berlin and engineered and mixed by Mark Bihler and James Brooks.