Karl Steven. Photo credit: Paul Taylor
Karl Steven has released the second single from his upcoming album, with a new video. Check out Tāmaki 5000 here:
Steven's upcoming output is a collage of organic and electronic sources, synthesised down into an ambitious and enigmatic sound.
"Tāmaki 5000 was written when I was living outside the city and experiencing it from the periphery for the first time, coming and going from it often, and noticing all the energy that flows both into and out of it like a giant hive" says Steven.
"Murray Bookchin writes about how cities crystallise our social structures and values, and I wondered what, if anything, the settler-colonial City of Auckland says about those of us who have lived in it. Growing up there in the 80's it was a constant churning of demolition and construction, a developer's paradise where history was regularly being erased and written over by towering new office blocks that left the CBD cold even on a sunny day and empty outside of office hours, so that you had to be a bit careful about where you hung around so as not to get mugged or whatever (and have to walk home in your socks). It felt like a hard place then, and it's interesting to consider how the form it took shapes us in turn."
Karl Steven's upcoming album, All of Human Emotion on Microfiche is planned for release early 2022 via Sunreturn Records.