Gardland is the laboriously cracked energy exchange between Alex Murray and Mark Smith. The duo solidified the young partnership during a psychedelic desert excursion far from their urban dwellings in Sydney, Australia. Over a ten-day stretch, Murray and Smith recorded hardware-based wigouts with neither boundary nor fear of judgment from the godheads that loomed ominously over the lysergic liturgy.
Following the great unspooling of 2013’s Syndrome Syndrome, Gardland and RVNG Intl. step back into the duo’s not-so-distant past with Improvisations, three live performances ripped from local Australian radio show Spiral Sounds in early 2012. The aural impetus behind the artists and label joining forces, this triptych of tone lashed tracks captures the duo in exhilarating, uninhibited form.
Unintended for an audience outside of the provincial FM dial riders, Improvisations blisters at its hardware-imposed limits with enough energy to fuel freakish frequencies. “0214? offers a wide survey of the duo’s exploratory inclination, igniting with sparse sputters and clicks before the growling groove rips into fifth gear for an expansive 15 minute drive. The flip predicts the immediacy and potency of Syndrome Syndrome with an early take on “Katarakt” (here named “0315?) and the desiccated, teleological frenzy of “0214 Pt.2?.
Gardland inaugurated their Hunter Gatherers label with an EP of material in 2012.