Lara Somogyi – ! (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 26:56 minutes | 485 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury KX
Pioneering electronic artist, harpist and composer Lara Somogyi has signed to Mercury KX to release her debut album, entitled ! (pronounced “Exclamation”). Lara Somogyi builds a new creative sound world based around the harp, its expressive capabilities and electronics, which is the result of a decade’s long dive into sonic exploration. “Every single sound you hear on the album comes directly from the harp,” explained Somogyi. “I wanted to express everything this instrument can do.”While she was studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London Lara Somogyi leaned into an improvisatory approach and this, combined with some chance meetings with super-producer Brian Eno, led to her unique sound for the harp.
Brian Eno’s profound impact changed Lara Somogyi’s view of the world and its relationship to sound, releasing an extra sensory layer within her creative approach. She reflected, “I had an awakening to the fact there are tonnes of ways you can feel, hear, touch, smell.” So, in came the harp. “Shouting into the soundboard creates a choir. Your feet manipulate the pedals. You can use a space echo and have the instrument sound like it’s in a massive hall.”
Lara Somogyi recorded her debut album ! at her home studio in Los Angeles alongside producer Cyrus Reynolds, who co-composed the album. She explained, “We’d tackle piece by piece. Sometimes the songs would come from a structured and composed piece. Other times it would be improvisatory and chopped up later. Because the harp is vast and luscious, I love exploring the angular and more expressive types of playing.” For this direction Somogyi introduced innovative deviations from traditional harp techniques to create her unique sound – she put blu-tack on the strings, used a bow and even a milk frother!
1-1. Lara Somogyi – acceptances (03:18)
1-2. Lara Somogyi – in/out (00:34)
1-3. Lara Somogyi – basis (04:07)
1-4. Lara Somogyi – interior gardens (01:41)
1-5. Lara Somogyi – hundred00 (04:49)
1-6. Lara Somogyi – breathwork (01:52)
1-7. Lara Somogyi – lodges (03:51)
1-8. Lara Somogyi – aviary (02:09)
1-9. Lara Somogyi – self.seed (04:31)