Release date: 2nd September 2019 (CD, digital album and risograph-printed zine)
Dismantle Yourself is the fourth studio album by Sloth Racket. The album was recorded in early February 2019, over two snowy days at The Chairworks studio in Castleford, Yorkshire. After three albums made in single day sessions, the aim was to have more time to work on the music in the relaxed setting of a residential studio. The band hadn’t seen the new compositions in advance of the session, in contrast to previous albums which were recorded at the end of tours. With more time for experimentation, the focus of the recording was the exploration and development of the new material, collectively improvising the composed starting points into finished pieces. It was a glimpse into the world of multi-day recordings and a fresh approach for the group, who now look forward to taking the new music on the road and completely deconstructing anything that may have been settled upon back in that cosy winter studio.
Dismantle Yourself is available to pre-order from 12 August, and is released on 2 September as a CD and digital download, plus streaming via the Bandcamp app. A risograph-printed zine is available as a companion to the album, containing words and graphics by Cath Roberts and printed by Footprint Workers Co-op in Leeds. The zine is on sale in a bundle with the digital album, and there will be an option to purchase the CD, zine and digital album together.
Sloth Racket are touring to support the release, with dates in Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Lancaster, Todmorden, London, Ramsgate, Norwich and Cambridge. The tour is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the album recording session was supported by the Fenton Arts Trust and the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust.
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Sam Andreae – alto saxophone
Anton Hunter – guitar
Seth Bennett – double bass
Johnny Hunter – drums
Compositions by Cath Roberts.
Recorded on 1st and 2nd February 2019 at The Chairworks, Yorkshire
by David Watts and Aled Way.
Mixed and mastered by Alex Bonney.
Design and printmaking by Cath Roberts.
Zine printing by Footprint Workers Co-op.
The album recording session was generously supported by the Fenton Arts Trust and the Oppenheim – John Downes Memorial Trust.
Luminous Label 2019 | LU011