Alister Spence (Sydney) – Fender Rhodes, pedals, percussion
Shoeb Ahmad (Canberra) – Boss SP-202 + SP 303 samplers, pedals
Raymond MacDonald (Glasgow) – alto + soprano saxophones
Australian/Scots electro-acoustic trio Sensaround work in a unique middle ground between melodic jazz ambience, ghostly dub and post-punk experiments as lo-fi rhythms press up against woodwind melodies and Rhodes tones are set awash in free percussion. Recorded at Ahmad’s studio Brick Lane during their first tour, their critically acclaimed debut Isotropes was released in 2014 while the limited edition live document Travelogue was released in early 2016, both on the hellosQuare label.
Sensaround join the Provenance family in the second half of 2016 with the release of two new albums – Little Stabs in August and Heart/Noise in November. Recorded live in Tokyo, Kobe and Okayama with famed Japanese improvisors Michiyo Yagi, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura and Yasuko Kaneko, Little Stabs is a cut’n’splice collage edited together in the spirit of Teo Macero and Holger Czukay while on the other side of the coin, Heart/Noise reveals both their most intimate and brutal sounds to date with the influence of This Heat and On-U Sound seeping in.
‘A wonderfully dense and intriguing ambience.’ Cyclic Defrost
‘It takes electro-acoustic improv into strange subaquatic realms.’ The Quietus
‘Flurried textures and spooked tangents’ Mess+Noise
‘Beautifully sculpted and improvised music, an empathetic sonic conversation.’ The Wire