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John Bence
Thrill Jockey
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Release Date
November 13, 2020


Press Release

John Bence uses music to probe the deepest recesses of the human psyche. Over a handful of releases the composer has already built up a striking body of work bound by an incredible clarity of vision. His elegiac works occupy an omnivorous sound-world, assimilating elements of British avant-garde and electronic music, classical, traditional and sacred medieval song into cavernous, sepulchral compositions.

Early releases for Nicholas Jaar’s Other People imprint and Yves Tumor’s label Grooming were engulfed in overwhelming emotion. Struggles with alcoholism and addiction found their outlet in brooding chamber atmospheres and caustic eruptions of choral aggression on the macabre ‘Kill’ EP.

‘Love’ forms the final chapter in a trio of works with ‘Kill’ and ‘Disquiet’ that chart Bence’s experiences with addiction and his subsequent journey to recovery. Returning to his first love, the piano, Bence explores the instrument’s deeply emotional qualities in ten movements.

‘Love’s stark minimalism and raw production reflect the composer's personal struggles with striking honesty, searching for the deeper meaning in human suffering.

Available on CD, blood orange vinyl and black vinyl.

All vinyl packaged with digital download card.

“Wickedly unique and ultra-abstract” - Dazed

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Intermittent Moon 1:05 Buy

    Intermittent Moon

  2. 2 Dawn 1:59 Buy
  3. 3 Sleeping Under The Sky 2:59 Buy

    Sleeping Under The Sky

  4. 4 Dark Wind 1:37 Buy
  5. 5 Thekla Kiss 1:45 Buy

    Thekla Kiss

  6. 6 Virginity 1:01 Buy
  7. 7 Walk 1:33 Buy
  8. 8 Church Doors 1:23 Buy

    Church Doors

  9. 9 Love 2:58 Buy
  10. 10 Surrender 4:22 Buy

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