Fyfe & Iskra Strings have previewed their upcoming album ‘Interiority’ by sharing eclectic recent tracks which have moved from haunting broken beats (‘’) to soothing, cinematic splendour (the title track) to rousing dramatic elegance (‘Night Sky’). While all three songs possess an evident beauty, they today take a fresh left-field turn with the new track ‘Purpose’ which features the two-time Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet.
A caustic counterpoint to the duo’s most transcendent moments, ‘Purpose’ sets its mood with clattering industrial percussion and Ghostpoet’s deeply intoned lyrics - more spoken word than rapped - add to its discomforting ambience as his cultured words (“catacombed in self-doubt”) tap into the turmoil of being consumed by existential thoughts.
Iskra Strings says, “We’ve been massive fans of Ghostpoet since ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’. He’s an artist that has us hanging on his every word. It’s such an honour to have him collaborate on ‘Purpose’.”
Fyfe comments, “We could hear Ghostpoet’s voice and creative influence on this piece of music from the moment of its conception. We’re huge fans of his creativity across multiple mediums and for the track to have come to fruition in the way that it has has been a joy for us.”
Ghostpoet adds, “Seeking purpose, it’s a lifelong pursuit.”
‘Purpose’ presents another angle on the varied textures and tones that emerge throughout ‘Interiority’. Its varied guestlist also features Rae Morris, Mysie, Kelly Lee Owens and Aquilo, while other key contributions include mixing from Manon Grandjean (Dave, Stormzy, AJ Tracey) and mastering by Heba Kadry (Björk, Deerhunter, Beach House).
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Fyfe (Paul Dixon) and Iskra Strings (James Underwood) have a creative connection that feels as if they were destined to collaborate together. Fate’s introduction, however, was more ordinary: Iskra Strings was hired by Fyfe’s parents to give their song violin lessons. Their relationship moved from mentor/student to a strong friendship, even if the demands of their career limited their opportunities to work together. Iskra Strings became a go-to collaborator for the likes of The xx, Maribou State and Sufjan Stevens, while Fyfe released acclaimed solo albums such as ‘Control’ and ‘The Space Between’. Their ‘Extended Play’ EPs and compilation album demonstrated their sprawling, high-end potential, which they’re now delivering upon with ‘Interiority’.
Ghostpoet - real name Obaro Ejimiwe - has always preferred to tap into the more chaotic and uneasy states of his psyche. The two-time Mercury Prize nominee (for his albums ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ and ‘Shedding Skin’) have made him one of the UK’s most distinctive and visionary artists. Clash praised him for “consistently producing work that is challenging yet accessible, evidently politicised yet continually personal, resulting in a catalogue that stands apart from his peers.”
In addition to his own albums, the most recent of which was 2020’s ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’, Ghostpoet has also collaborated with or remixed Massive Attack, Alt-J, The Streets, Birdy, Metronomy, Mica Levi and Lost Horizons.
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