Leon Vynehall has released details of highly personal sophomore LP, which takes inspiration from unusual source material for an electronic music album. Four years in the making, Nothing Is Still will finally be ready for public listening in June. Vynehall says that the material is dedicated to his grandparents, of which his grandfather sadly passed-away prior to the creative process. It was his passing – or rather the conversations that followed with his widowed-grandmother – which set in motion the studio cycle which would become the album.
Both of Vynehall’s grandparents were in fact emigrants to the UK from New York in the 60s. From the tracklisting it’s easy to see that their upheaval, journey and settlement is the flowing narrative. Vynehall confesses that although he was aware of their origins, it wasn’t until after his grandfather’s death that he came to learn of their adventures in more detail. The Brighton based-producer promises a “defiantly atmospheric and textured record”. The body of work will feature collaborations with an array of musicians from different backgrounds, including a ten-piece string section, minimalist composers, pianist Sam Beste and saxophonist Finn Peters. Fittingly, Vynehall has selected a piece of work by the late Pol Bury depicting New York’s George Washington Bridge as the cover artwork. In addition, hard-copies of the music will be accompanied by a paperback novella by Vynehall himself and co-writer Max Sztyber. The follow-up to 2016’s Rojus is scheduled for release on 15th June via Ninja Tune.
Given the context, it remains to be seen whether any of the music will be suitable for a clubbing environment. But perhaps some of it will find place at Leeds’ ambitious Inner City Electronic festival. The event on 4th June takes place across 11 of the city’s venues and is curated by Ralph Lawson. Including workshops and key note speakers, Leon Vynehall is one of over 100 performers playing. Other notable appearances include KiNK, Floating Points, Peggy Gou and Helena Hauff.
2nd release tickets are on sale now.