Max Cooper returns to the core of his art with Earth – a four track EP including latest singles, ‘Reflect’ and ‘Swarm’.
Earth is a collection of beautiful, intricately scored electronic pieces accompanied with short films visualising epic scale earthly processes, human growth, storm surges, evolving ice formations and ballooning cityscapes.
Full of humanity, playfulness and powerful emerging intensity, the tracklist features layer after layer of otherworldly synthesis, harmony, clicks, fuzz and micro-rhythm. It’s music for those seeking emotional connection, as much as audiophiles and late night dark rooms, full of 3-dimensional binaural sound whizzing past your ears and around your head as constant low end harmonies wrap you inside a warm audio bath.
Max said of the final single, ‘Surge’:
“I don’t often sing on my tracks, but this one began as a vocal experiment which I built the rest of the synthesis around. Every time I added a layer I had to add another, the feeling in there pushed me to extremes of contrast, which I tried to let breathe with some half time broken beats leaving lots of space in the mix for the harmonic elements.
In parallel I had also started chatting to the storm chaser Kelly Delay, who captures the evolution of huge weather systems in Texas. The feelings and surging elements of the music seemed to go hand in hand with the feelings I associated with Kelly’s work, so I pushed that aspect of the music as much as I could.”
Following from recent contemporary classical album ‘Glassforms’ of reinterpreting Philip Glass scores with acclaimed pianist Bruce Brubaker, and his drum and bass remix of Henry Green, this EP exhibits the breadth of Cooper’s musical range.
For the first time in his career, Max has pushed the boundaries of his DIY-approach to making and releasing his work by creating the artwork for this EP, which features high-definition photographs of complex leaf vein structures. This series of images adorn the vinyl package, and are available as a series of limited edition giclée prints, printed on 300gsm minuet cotton rag using archival inks.