To start this off… if you’re not familiar with David Tyack, and you happen to like what you hear today, don’t expect more material any time soon – he shuffled off this mortal coil roughly thirteen years ago (R.I.P.). To add insult to injury, Tyack started this moniker the very year he unfortunately (and accidentally) passed away. A Number of Small Things clarifies, however, that this only the first release of an extensive archive of his work so there may be much more to come. What we’re getting now is remastered and completely unedited. Of the snippets available, the side 1 preview paints a very dark world that feels very Hitchcock-like (if you will), while the side 2 preview sounds is quite reminiscent of the likes of Tortoise and Gastr del Sol. What we’re hearing captures an aesthetic not often portrayed and this sounds like it’s of its time, yet it doesn’t. I’m curious as to what else lies in wait. Listen to the previews by clicking through the Buy Now link and see what you think of them. Cheers!


The Details

Originated as a project to explore potential film / animation synchronisation with nods to his growing penchants for neo-classical, free-jazz and minimal music, German born and Derbyshire raised musician / painter and mathematician, David Tyack began working under his new Luxury Apartments moniker in the summer of 2002.

Having recently finished a self penned conceptual LP with CAN frontman Malcolm Mooney and writing and recording for the then yet-to-be-mixed LPs by Jane Weaver’s Misty Dixon and his own school-formed band D.O.T. Dave’s new direction was set to counterbalance his ambitions to record a fully realised singer songwriter album with an ongoing series of experimental recordings at his new compact home studio on Clyde Road in Didsbury Manchester.

Completed just months before his untimely accidental death on the island of Corsica, Luxury Apartments reveals Dave at his uninhibited best displaying some of his most adventurous, dedicated and unapologetic solo excursions into sound design, improvised composition and electroacoustic territories resulting in a unique blend of dark ambient, mechanical folk, PINA stylings and coldwave DIY rhythms.

Drawing comparisons to the varied works of Sorgini, Eno, Liska, Stabat Stable, Martin Zero, Luc Mariani, Walter Branchi and the lost electronic work of Don Cherry these previously unheard tapes remain in unedited form compiled exactly how Dave intended the record to be pressed should any independent record label have the foresight to take the plunge into his new creative pool.

Released with blessing and encouragement from the Tyack family this is the first unreleased music to come from Dave’s extensive archive which was shared with close friends and creative collaborators regularly during his creative years in Manchester between 1997 and 2002.

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