Simian Mobile Disco recorded their last album, 2012’s Unpatterns, through an array of devices, but for the forthcoming Whorl, the London duo limited themselves to a pair of modular synths, a sequencer and a mixing deck.
“We sort of thought, ‘Why don’t we take the whole studio process out and just make the record on the live gear,'” Jas Shaw, the blonde half the group, says in a brief documentary about the making of the LP. “Then when you take them out live, there’s a sort of ‘learning someone else’s song process,’ where you have to figure out what you did.”
On “Dervish,” debuting here with a video featuring graphics from a custom-made oscilloscope, those synths bounce back and forth over a beat that gradually rises and falls. “‘Dervish’ is probably one of the more overtly techno tracks on the record,” the duo tells Rolling Stone via e-mail. “It’s the most dance-floor orientated, especially compared to some of the more ambient tracks on there.”
Whorl, ambient tracks and all, will be released September 9th and can be pre-ordered here.