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It Will Become Itself

by Whale Fall

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El Caracol 18:02
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The Well 04:10
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Pacific 08:37
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about

We inadvertently recorded this album, titled It Will Become Itself, the evening of June 4, 2018, during one of the rare times all five of us were in Los Angeles. We had a few basic ideas we wanted to try out and, per our usual procedure, launched into a mutual improvisation, which we recorded as nothing more than a reference for further composition and arranging. After the session we all agreed that this was a particularly good take and would be valuable for a future project.

While going through the archives several months later, we rediscovered the nearly-forgotten recording from that night. We were surprised at what we heard: here was an entire record in embryonic form, recorded in a single 38-minute take. The consonance and connection of the playing caught our attention. Absent the self-consciousness that goes along with recording an album or even playing a show, we had cut loose and just let things flow. The musical negotiations gave rise to some unexpected and beautiful moments. The imperfections added rather than taking away.

We decided to take this roughly recorded session and apply some polish. Gradually, over the course of a year, we shaped the finished album out of this single take. A couple of the very talented musicians we have collaborated with in the past came through with some stunning improvisations of their own. Finally, we added a short piano piece that had also been recorded spontaneously without intention of release. As the title track, “It Will Become Itself” can be considered both a prelude and prologue to the two longer improvised album sides. The resulting album is intended as a single continuous piece of music in five movements. The title arose during a conversation with a friend about the creative process and seemed an apt description of how the album came to be.

This far less methodical approach to composition was a departure from the more structured recording studio sessions of our previous records, and a fortuitous chance to continue pursuing new creative pathways and song forms. There was no roadmap for this album, and we were willing to accept the imperfections that come along with spontaneity. The music recorded that June night was only a moment in time, but we’re excited to share what we’ve been able to distill from it.

credits

released March 27, 2020

Personnel
Aaron Farinelli: Drums & Percussion

Ali Vazin: Electric Guitar

Dave Pomeranz: Electric Guitar

Erik Tokle: Bass & Electric Guitars, Ambient Moog

J. Matt Greenberg: Keyboards, Cornet, Flugelhorn


Featuring

Artyom Manukyan: Cello

Daniel Rotem: Tenor Saxophone & Flute



Performed by Whale Fall, June 4, 2018, Los Angeles, CA

Produced by Erik Tokle & Whale Fall

Engineered by Erik Tokle & Aaron Farinelli

Mixed by Erik Tokle
 at Ghost Factory
Mastered by Pete Lymon at Infrasonic Sound

Cover Design by Whale Fall

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Whale Fall Los Angeles, California

Based in Los Angeles, California, Whale Fall is an instrumental post-rock group featuring traditional rock instrumentation interfused with more pastoral strokes of piano, cello, brass, and occasional analog synth.

Their four highly acclaimed albums are available here on vinyl, CD, and digital formats.
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