Dialect is the project of Liverpool-based artist Andrew PM Hunt. Recently, he announced the release of fourth album, with the release of the title-track “Under~Between,” along with a video directed by visual artist Sara Ludy. Under~Between drops on March 19, 2021 via RVNG Intl.
“The video for “Under~Between” was inspired by the cadence of the poem; how a vision unfolds of a landscape, settling you into its expansiveness while augmenting daydreams,” says Ludy. “When you’re in this state of high vibration, you open yourself up to accessing collective pasts that are embedded throughout the landscape. You become aware of your connection to the cosmos and to everything. The video is a reference to all those feelings, how personal and collective experiences are woven into a material we become a part of and observe.”
Hunt’s collaboration on Under~Between expanded beyond the Immix Ensemble to his own home. Hunt lives in a house with fifteen people, most of whom are artists and musicians that belong to a greater Liverpool community, which he says creates a “deeply nourishing” environment of creative reciprocity and exchange. Under~Between allowed Hunt to incorporate some of this communal energy to the historically solitary practice of Dialect, and an abundance of time unencumbered by major metropolitan survival mode.
Each piece on Under~Between was pruned delicately from its original form as performed by the ensemble and then labored over by Hunt. As he “tend[ed] the garden,” turning through the source material, he would lean in close, following the interactions between the sound and melodies. Hunt found a special joy in the contrasts between the stringed and wooden thrum of the chamber instruments and his more familiar digital palettes. He allowed these roots to grow in every direction and tangle together; the synthesizers mimic the musicians, the musicians capture the energy and sounds of an outside world.
“I wanted to create something where there was a constant dialogue between the natural and technological, the mythical and the magical,” says Hunt. “Under~Between explores the limits of human knowledge and control; it gently reminds us of the transitional state of our surroundings and indeed ourselves.”
2. Yamaha Birds 1
3. Flame Not Stone
5. Ringing The Web
6. Sentimental, Sedimentary
7. Feathers Dance
8. Invert Yr Path
10. Yamaha Birds 2
11. An Archipelago
Dialect’s Under~Between will be released March 19, 2021 on vinyl and digital formats. On behalf of Dialect, a portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit Refugee Women Connect, an organization working to build a safe life in the UK for all women in the asylum seeker and refugee community.