Turning a decade old in 2021, Insect Ark will soon have a new EP out, «Future Fossils», consisting not of new compositions by the current formation of Dana Schechter and Andy Patterson, “but rather, material from the 2016-2018 archives. It’s largely a ‘synth-only’ record, and marks a revisitation to Dana’s solo work, alongside the duo band formation of Insect Ark.”
The musician explains the choice for the solo format, “I love to collaborate, and I always will – but I also relish the sense of discovery, of reaching uncharted territory, and the freedom to adapt and shift at a moment’s notice. Those can only happen when performing alone.” Regarding the approach to be expected on the new EP, it “focuses on clustered, layered, minimal ambient/noiste, with several tracks recorded at Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm, mixed by Simon Ralph Goff.” That is not all, as the B side features a “live ambient improv from 2016 with then drummer Ashley Spungin on synths, recorded by Josh Wertheimer at The Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn.” Below, listen to «Oral Thrush», the first single of «Future Fossils».
«Future Fossils» is set for release on September 24 via Consouling Sounds on cd, digital, and vinyl formats. Pre-orders can be found here (cd) and here (vinyl). A digital version is expected to be soon available at this location. Finally, the press release notes that there are “two more new albums on the immediate horizon – another all-solo-synth material, as a full-length LP, and a full new “duo/band” LP.”