Wherever there’s a frontier in the world of bass, it’s safe to assume you’ll find Steve Lawson standing out there, waving to the rest of the community to set aside their apprehensions and join him on its outer edge. Last year he invited fellow lowend adventurer Trip Wamsley to make an improvisational ambient duo record, and sealed the deal by making his way from London to Wamsley’s Louisiana home to cut the tracks together, in person. The 11-year friends made Slow Food Steve’s way, with no rules and plenty of “freewheeling improv goodness.” Moods range from the calm, patient “Growing Up and Moving On” to the edgy, uncomfortable techno of “Imaginary Robot Ninja Assistant.” There’s chordal and arpeggiated loops, fretless melody breaks, a lead-guitar-sounding thing, and Trip using some Taurus-style bass pedals to drop deep, subsonic bombs in “Grown Ups at Play.” Recorded and released in shimmering 24-bit audio, Lawson’s vision of a shared musical moment with a friend is a deep listening experience—moving, enchanting, and always provocative.
Tweet Beat Steve Lawson Transforms His Career With Twitter. Srsly.
NOT CONTENT WITH JUST TRAILBLAZING AS A LOOP/LAYERING SONIC experimenter and solo bassist, Britain’s Steve Lawson is exploring the wild frontier of modern social networking, building a new career and a new life in the process. He met his wife, singer/songwriter Lobelia, on MySpace just two years ago, while collaborating on her music, and they’re now a unique duo act. But MySpace is so 2007. Through Lawson’s hyperactive presence on Twitter, a newer platform that limits postings to status updates of 140 characters or less, he’s built a network that’s allowed him and his wife to reach thousands of music fans at house concerts throughout America and the U.K. House concerts, you say? Indeed, they bypass traditional venues completely and organize intimate shows in people’s living rooms. Most of the outreach occurs on Twitter, where they gain “followers” one “tweet” at a time. (When you’re on Twitter, you “tweet,” and “followers” are subscribers to your “tweets.”)