The Kent based electronic quartet CODE have announced a new release after a 25 year hiatus. The 1995 debut album ‘The Architect’, was released on the Third Mind label just as that company folded, but has often been cited as a cult classic. ‘Ghost Ship’ combines haunting melodies with a romantic techno intensity. Those familiar with CODE’s previous output will recolonize the group’s trademark sound. Discussing the new album the band explain: “We had recently been approached simultaneously by two labels regarding a reissue of ‘The Architect’ that made us consider revisiting material from just after its recording that had been left behind. At the same time, the MV Alta cargo ship washed up intact on the coast of Ireland after disappearing over a year before en route to Haiti. The ‘adrift in time’ analogy appealed to us, and hence the title ‘Ghost Ship’. From 1996 to around 2001 when commitments elsewhere forced us to archive the material on hard drives. We have actually salvaged hours of material that was largely in great shape and needed minimal adjustment.” In reconstructing the material, they conclude that “the original sequencing and arrangement programmes are lost in time and the sampling hardware is no longer available either, so all these tracks are constructed from the stereo mixes. Like salvaged treasure, the original audio was perfectly preserved digitally. The melodic and textural content was already there, it was a question of remaining faithful to the original recordings, editing and layering and in some cases adding new parts.”
‘Ghost Ship’ will be available on vinyl and digital formats via the Lo-Tek Audio Ltd imprint.
You can pre-order it here.