There isn't much yet known about LATE but when Shuf stumbled upon the murky production and muffled vocals of Southern Florida's Wren Turco and Ola Lindefelt we were, at some level, a bit hooked. Their first demo was made available by the carefully curated FatCat Records and their BandCamp page hosts a few choice cuts from their upcoming 'Volvox' release. The pixelated and cryptic nature of the sound is intriguing and LATE offer a glimpse in to what it might sound like in the underbelly of the Miami moonlight.
For people who haven’t heard LATE before, how would you describe your sound?
Friends and fellow artists have given our music some pretty entertaining descriptions: "black hole gaze", "alien dub", "tropical abyss transmissions", "sub-spacewave" to name a few. It is true that we have a shared gravitation toward water and space as themes for our work, but we mostly just think of ourselves as a duo making low-tech electronic music with a lot of voice.
Tell us how you started out...
The two of us coincidentally crossed paths some 2 years ago in America. We immediately decided to start making music together, initially commuting back and forth between Sweden and the US, sleeping in airports, trading clips, loops and sound sketches, expanding the work whenever we had the chance to coalesce.
What’s been the biggest turning point in your career so far?
Permanently sharing the same continent was a big change in the right direction for us.
Name a song you wish you’d made?
Mort Garson - Déjá Vu.
What are your plans for 2014?
We'll spend the first couple of months of 2014 sorting out the details of the 'Volvox' release, as well as stitching together an east coast US late spring tour (no UK dates yet but we'll keep you posted). We initially planned it as a train tour, but train-sizing the rig may have to happen next time around. We're also taking the studio off the grid.
What would you like to change in the music industry this year?
We don't really operate within the boundaries of an industry (creative or otherwise) and we're not sure exactly how any of that would change, this year or the next.
Tell us about the best live show you’ve played (if any) ...
Friends of ours run a dark minimal electronic club in Miami called Zeitgeist. We had an excellent time playing there using a large number of analog televisions, playing way too loud through a laughably oversized speaker system.
Who would you list as your biggest inspirations?
Apart from early audio and visual pioneers like Delia Derbyshire or John/James Whitney, the brave remaining people of this world who strive for originality. Look around you. They are everywhere. Most of them invisible.
Where can people find your music?
We're currently working out the details for a vinyl and tape release later this spring.
Anything else you’d like say to our readers?
Sure, but rather in person. Text is boring.
Words: Duncan Harrison