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Video Of The Week #229: Tess Tyler – Sell the Sky

Bristol-based composer and electronic experimentalist Tess Tyler will release her upcoming debut album Fractals due out 9th September.

The project is a two-part LP, with side one presenting the original album which is the neo-classical and experimental electronic explorations of Tess Tyler, and side two is a once in a lifetime live recording of The Spindle Ensemble’s interpretations of the albums graphic scores, which were designed by Tess, recorded at St George’s Hall in Bristol.

To announce the two-part album, Tess is sharing both versions of lead single ‘Sell The Sky’ from LP1 and LP2. Tess’ original version of the track, found on LP1 and featuring Barney Sage, is made up of delicate, enveloping piano motifs and electronic soundscapes that are sewn with rhythmically complex drums and widescreen guitars, it is comparable to the work of Anna Meredith or Nils Frahm. For this weeks Video of the Week, we are debuting the accompanying dark visual recording of the ‘Sell The Sky’, watch it below.

A contemporary exploration of complex metre and cinematic, yet minimalist technique. The track is about opportunism and narcissism as Tess explains “I once overheard two businessmen having a conversation in a coffee shop, where one said to the other that he would ‘sell the sky if he could’. I thought it was a really poetic way of saying, ‘he’s a liar, and only out for himself.’ For some reason, it really stuck with me. This track is a reflection of how someone might experience engaging with a toxic person.”

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