ARC Fleet DiN53
Now available from the DiN Bandcamp store
“Fleet” (DiN53) is the seventh concert album by the duo ARC (DiN label boss Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve). This fact alone should tell you how popular this musical partnership is in a live setting where they continue to dazzle audiences with their mix of live electronics underpinned by huge slabs of analogue sequencing.
“Fleet” was recorded to multitrack at the E-Scape Electronic Music Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk on 13th May 2017. On returning to the studio this allowed Mark Shreeve to mix and master the resulting performance in fine detail to produce a stunning, dynamic album that preserves all the power and richness of their live show. The seven tracks, complete with enthusiastic audience ambience, spans almost 78 minutes for the next best thing to actually being there!
What is most evident on this ARC album are the richly harmonic themes, most notably in the opening title track which builds and grows through a series of gorgeous melodies to it’s climax. Tracks such as “Soar” are more delicate in nature with distant mellotrons overlaid with intertwining sequencer patterns whereas “Crux” opens with a spooky ambient section before ramping up to a live sequencer fest that lovers of Berlin School electronica will lap up. ARC always like to leave the stage with a bang and for the last couple of years they’ve finished with the track “Cherry Bomb”. Well the duo have outdone even that blockbuster with the encore track “Howl”. Starting with a whisper it finishes the album off with a real sledgehammer of a track that will surely become a favourite for ARC aficionados.
Ian Boddy & Nigel Mullaney in concert at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool on 18th November
Ian Boddy and Nigel Mullaney have been musical partners for many years both in Boddy’s ambient DiN label and in co-writing tracks for TV, film and documentaries for DeWolfe Music.
Driven by a passion for sonic exploration and live performance they are once again combining forces with a stunning analogue modular live show. Eschewing the safety net of using laptops on stage the duo will use a huge arsenal of modern & vintage modular synthesisers alongside sequencers and drum machines to create an organic, ever evolving soundscape.
Whilst the banks of analogue machinery with their flashing lights and myriad patch cables present a sci-fi like presence the duo, with all their years of musical know how, will be coaxing a very musical and emotional sonic experience from the banks of equipment. No two performances will ever be the same in what will be an evening not to be missed for all lovers of electronic and ambient music.