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New book and album from David Toop

David Toop publishes new book and recording this summer – watch a video for the track “Compelled To Approach”

Room 40 will release a collection of recordings by writer, musician and veteran Wire contributor David Toop this June. His first new album in ten years is called Entities Inertias Faint Beings, and it contains a selection of tracks drawn from three “periods of solitude”. These include recordings made on Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, the same province’s Gold Coast and the UK coastal town St Ives. “The music existed already,” explains Toop. “Spores maybe or dormant clusters of digital files.

”Why would anybody release music in the 21st century?” he ponders, continuing, “In solitude I contemplated death, decay, the gush of life.”

Toop’s new book, Into The Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation And The Dream Of Freedom: Before 1970, sketches a history of, and meditates on the philosophies behind improvisation in music. It will be published by Bloomsbury in May.

Entities Inertias Faint Beings will be released by Lawrence English's Room40 label. You can watch a video for the album track “Compelled To Approach” below: