Experimental duo Lung Dart release their most accomplished record to date: Slouching Towards Meridian. Inspired by the Rest Zone of the long-defunct Millennium Dome, their latest LP draws on the pair’s shared sense of millennial melancholia across twelve tracks of submerged songwriting and woozy ambience. Combining unorthodox production techniques, with an ear for melody, the result is a spellbinding reflection on growing up with the 21st century. Fresh from scoring Mark Leckey’s Tate Britain exhibition, this marks an exciting chapter for two of the UK’s most innovative rising musicians.
Lung Dart are Tim Clay and James Rapson. Having met at university in Leeds, the pair have been releasing music since 2015, more recently from a base in South-East London. The last few years have been spent perfecting their distinct sound; music that contains the texture of environments, scattered with field recordings from everyday places. In that time they’ve held a regular show on NTS Radio, released an album, As I Lay Drying (2016), an EP, Some Other Hunger (2017), as well as contributing to Hot Chip man Alexis Taylor’s solo LP With(out) Piano. Alongside this the pair have produced scoring work which has been shown at Tate Modern, Barbican Centre, BFI London Film Festival, Somerset House, Berlin Film Festival among other others.
All the while, though, their focus has been moving towards something bigger. An album that captured their fascination with memory, and the ways in which sounds and feelings change and decay over time. In Slouching Toward Meridian, they have produced just that.