Icebergs is the new release from Bristolian producer Typesun, real name Luke Harney. Typesun first featured on these pages more than two years ago when he released single The PL and things have been relatively quiet since then, with the occasional release and remix.
On this new release Typesun collaborates with Alison Garner of The Fauns and Alex Rita of Danish duo Okapii on two new tracks.
Harney's collaboration with Garner on Icebergs comes after he was asked to step in and play drums with Garner's band The Fauns last minute back in 2013. The resulting song is a shattered piece of music with Garner delivering a terrifyingly intimate vocal performance. It is an incredibly exposed track - synth melodies stand like the discarded ruins of a relationship the song describes. It is a haunting track to the point where listening to it just might infect your mood. Brutal, and beautiful.
Water Song features vocals from Alex Rita, and is more rhythmic than Icebergs. Latin infused percussion and rolling keys create a momentum yet Harney still cuts through it all with a sense of menace. Rita's vocals are a touch threatening, creating the sense that the catchy sounds here are the calm before some dreaded storm... You almost worry what might come when it stops.
The digital release is rounded out with an exclusive remix of the title track by Typesun's alter-ego 7 Arrows. On this alternative version he gives the track a harder sound with distorted bass lines and tough urban rhythms. It is a significant departure from the original, but Harney manages to hit a minimal, funky tone.
Icebergs / Water Song is out now - listen and buy below, available as a digital or vinyl release through Bandcamp.