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Roy Montgomery Shares 'Audioramble' From Upcoming 'Audiotherapy' Album

The new album will be released on March 4.

Roy Montgomery Shares 'Audioramble' From Upcoming 'Audiotherapy' Album

Originally intended as a series of four releases through 2021, the Roy Montgomery four LP release series celebrating his 40th year releasing music comes to a close with the effervescent Audiotherapy. True to its title, the album is the most ruminative of the series, with Montgomery casting a view over his life and career through lyrics and music.

"Audioramble" exemplifies this, with Montgomery's reflective lyrics about his search for stability while a Greek-style chorus of Emma Johnston and Arnie Van Bussel retort with words of skepticism that exist in all our minds. "I used to think I had it easy/But now I'm not so sure," he sings, as the chorus replies with "He must get his bearings/He's lost all his bearings." The delicate guitar play that runs underneath implies that even when we suffer displacement, there's a beauty to living.

Roy Montgomery, a pioneer of the NZ underground, believes there is always new sonic terrain to investigate. His latest series of albums for Grapefruit marks forty years of rigorous exploration in which he has managed to navigate disparate genres, scenes, and atmospheres, always at the forefront of experimental independent music. To commemorate, Grapefruit will be releasing four new Montgomery albums in 2021, which can be purchased individually or via subscription.

For his fourth album, appropriately named Audiotherapy, Montgomery builds his compositions from the subconscious, breaking down form and inviting in new techniques. "Audioramble" features call-and-response singing between him, Emma Johnston and Arnie Van Bussel, both of whom act as a Greek chorus to Montgomery's reflections. "Occlusione" sets a sturdy musical bed under Maria Eleanora C Mollard's whispered spoken word, like a voice in one's head that risks getting drowned out in the noise.

For the sublime "Audiotransport," guitars shimmer up the sides and weave through one another, reconciling the inner voices of doubt and worry into a meditation on the beauty of existence. The last track, "Imperfect Intense", builds on disbalance as Johnston's vocals meet Montgomery's in broken harmony; both singers move at their own pace despite the other, embodying how uncertainty lies at the heart of how we live. Audiotherapy is the most intuitive and experimental entry of Roy Montgomery's 2021 (and-cough-2022) releases, closing out the series with introspection and transcendence.

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