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'Phlebotomy', the new single from Dear Laika, is an exploration of the concept of “queer time” in the context of medical transition. This theme is reflected by the time-stretched choir sample that forms the foundation of the song; its sound is alien, at once syrupy and vaporous, creating an intoxicating sense of melancholy calm. Dear Laika’s clear, keening vocals soar above the choral texture, accompanied by a synth bass resounding like a distant cathedral organ.
"Every six months I get a blood test to check my hormone levels, requiring three vials of blood to be drawn. Most recently, I fainted for the first time in my life. Transitioning is a constant process and it takes a long time, made longer in the UK by dangerously long waiting lists. Trans people find their lives temporarily put on hold while they wait to finally become happy with their bodies. It’s a painful, lonely experience. I’ve spent most of the past 5 years waiting. I’m still waiting. And so we can begin to process time in a different way. Years of empty waiting can feel like time is standing still or like time has been stolen away from you."
my blood is ebbing into bitumen
estradiol and serum albumin
i count the months for flesh to rectify
by timelapsed clouds against a frozen sky
released August 3, 2021
Produced by Dear Laika
Mixed by Ruairi O’Brien
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio (NY)
My favorite artists are ones who aren't afraid to try something completely different. I hear Charles Stepney, David Axelrod's Earth Rot, Steve Reich, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and others in this, but it's undeniably Sault in the end. As usual, probably my favorite album of the year. mackro