Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV’s album, much like its namesake, is the stuff of dreams. This also released on Umor Rex so it fits nicely with the likes of Félicia Atkinson. Sirens takes you to that sandy, rocky, hill out in the desert nestled underneath a cloudless, vast, blue sky. As Sirens‘ synopsis says, this is for the “ambitious dreamers.” Sirens reminds me a lot of the aesthetic that Recycle Culture exudes, with its use of piano and operatic vocals layered over these ethereal samples and white noise – a juxtaposition of the “new” with the “old.” Much like the desert setting that’s alluded to on the cover, Sirens walks that fine line between warmth and cold. Depending on how you approach this album, it can either alienate you to this observer position or you can go along for the ride and become a part of the dreamscape that Kara-Lis and LXV have created. Listen to Sirens below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!


The Details

Buy Vinyl LP: umor-rex.org

LP limited to 300 copies pressed on virgin vinyl. Packaged in an uncoated stock jacket with double sided insert, black polylined inner sleeve, and free download coupon. This is a pre-order for May 19th street date.


Sirens is the first collaborative LP of Kara-Lis Coverdale (Tim Hecker, L/B) and LXV (David Sutton). Following their respective solo cassette releases Aftertouches (2015) and Spectral Playmate (2014) on Sacred Phrases, Coverdale and LXV debut on Umor Rex with a collection of multi-textural and multi-source electronic music rich in narrative, melody, and spectral intrigue.

Inspired by the link between seduction and violence, Sirens comprises a series of timbrally vast anamorphic pieces that poise the voice as a newly imagined tool of multiplicity. Processes of sample manipulation, signal processing, routing, and source design inform instrumental writing and performance in feedback until intertwined, flickering between states of conflict and consonance. Apparitions of the schitzophrenic voice are at one moment fractured and cold and at the next full of warmth and vivaciousness, embodying velvet rituals of romanticism in the digital age.

Ultimately, Sirens is music for ambitious dreamers: surreal sound portraits sound like the warmth of the world laid over an ice cold virtual altar. LXV’s vocal truncations and fleshy sound palettes depict the archivation of the breath and aural fantasies of the flesh which Coverdale sets amongst a vast and unconfined landscape of deeper and unknown force. Harmonically active and dynamic orchestrations underpin post-sacred tonalities while brooding pipe organs, sphinx flutes, and hailstorms of metallic percussion characterize uniquely disjointed discussions between disparate compositional ontologies. At times violent and at others serenely peaceful and seductive, these pieces, at their most powerful moments illuminate a felt space between cybernetic energy and the body.
released 19 May 2015

Recorded & produced by
Kara-Lis Coverdale and David Sutton
Mastered by John Tejada
Design & layout by Daniel Castrejon
Cover photograph by Cody Cobb

Price $17

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