April 25, 2017
SUMS is the collaborative project of French electronic producer Kangding Ray and Mogwai multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns.
The project was first conceived by Berlin Atonal, who gave the musicians carte blanche to develop a new group that brought together different elements of both Kangding Ray and Barry Burns’ musical traditions. Adding drumming savant Merlin Ettore, the pair devised a musical world that crafts post-rock soundscapes and structures using the sound-language of contemporary techno and experimental electronic music.
After a grand debut performance during the 2013 edition of the festival, the group decided take the project into the studio. Over a two-year period, working with a range of range of instruments, SUMS began to produce tracks that achieved an organic fusion of spatial electronics and rousing post-rock sounds that manages to seamlessly blends the best of the musical legacies of Mogwai and Kangding Ray.
The first action of this new phase of the project comes in the form of a 3 track EP on Berlin Atonal Recordings.
Read a full interview with SUMS here.