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Lawrence - Birds On The Playground (Mule Musiq)


RELEASED: 9th April 2021
Vinyl LP

Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat No:  MuleMusiq267

Please note that the copies we are selling have a tiny ding crease on the top spine corner and so the sleeves are graded Near Mint and the cost reflects this. 

It’s happening again: DJ, producer and Dial Records co-owner Lawrence produced his fourth album for Mule Musiq. and once more, another very special one. The Berlin-based artist wrote nine new arrangements specifically for “Studio Mule”, the new audiophile listening bar that Mule Musiq's head-honcho Toshiya Kawasaki recently opened in Shibuya, Tokyo.

It features an exquisite vintage hi-fi sound system, a small record shop, craft liquor and beer as well as an extensive natural wine collection. “Toshiya's wine and listening bar was the inspiration for the project. I followed the idea of listening to music in this (for me imaginary) place on a magic vintage sound system, slightly drunk with an always special drink in my hand! The music is therefore also very eccentric and “tipsy”, improvised on acoustic instruments, synthesizers and computer, combined with recordings I did in Berlin's central Tiergarten park.”

Lawrence acknowledges the imaginative superstructure above his new album and his mode of operating during the recordings. the records is called “Birds on the Playground” and features deep pulsating music, that unfolds its true absorbing character when the auditor listens care-fully to the detailed storytelling of Lawrence. Like always his tunes have a special, radiant pulse, that somehow is a signature sign of most of his productions. Playful cosmic grooves, light-hearted, crafted with love and yet freshly unset-tling in some moments.

His arpeggiated melodies remind partly of the music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius. In others they display a jazzy spiritual character and drift into meditative areas, that sound to a degree like long forgotten Japanese folk music spheres.

As “Birds on the Playground” isn’t aimed straight for the dancefloor, the overall coating of the music is a relaxed, cautious one, that goes beyond the average definition of ambient music. each track builds up gracefully, in order to present a mesmerizing musical architecture, that offers new sound dimensions with any fresh listening turn.

1. Grazing Light 
2. Drunken Cats 
3. Everglade 
4. Highland Spores 
5. Birds On The Playground 
6. Yufuin No Mori 
7. Meadows
8. An Evening At Studio Mule 
9. Donkey’s Dream