Shackleton, aka Berlin-based producer and sound artist Sam Shackleton, has announced a new album. Departing Like Rivers is released on September 3rd via its label Woe to the Septic Heart! Today he shared the opening of the album; listen to “Something Tells Me / Pour Like Water” below.
The album is billed as Shackleton’s third, following the 2012 release of the Music For the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs. (In the meantime, he’s released several albums in collaboration with artists including Waclaw Zimpel.) “Unlike much of my work recently, this is not a ‘concept album’ and is without any collaborators,” he said. Shackleton said in a press release. “I just wanted to really focus on my basic sound, but without any of the genre tropes that might have been present the last time I did a solo album.” He continued:
The feel is quite hazy and scuzzy and I use a lot of filtering and reverb to achieve this. I think the vocal samples are an attempt to compensate for that, to bring some light to the dark. I also wanted the vocal aspects to reflect influences or things that I could relate to closely, so there are some hints of British folk songs in the music, although rather ghostly and not directly recognizable. But anyway, it’s all more a matter of feeling than of meaning in this regard. I love the haunting and melancholy aspects of these songs, I guess.