Practice

by Lucy Liyou

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jessica lovett
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jessica lovett Within hearing only the first few seconds of "You are every memory" I was in tears. There's something inexplicably delicate, pure, human to Liyou's work that I feel deeply connected to. I can't wait for my tape to arrive :) Favorite track: You are every memory.
justin spicer
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justin spicer Dissociative composition runs throughout Practice. Combining glitchy electronics and atmospheric piano, Lucy Liyou has crafted both an intimate — and sometimes uncomfortable — portrait that is also removed and closed-off due to the use of text-to-speech vocals reciting ideas, thoughts, and memories. Favorite track: How to build an automaton.
Lars Gotrich
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Lars Gotrich I'm still wrapping my head around this vividly intimate portrait of family and grief. Dialogue is translated as text-to-speech messages as airplanes pan headphones, piano melodies drift in and out of focus, static glitches and slow-moving synths move through the motions. buttondown.email/vikingschoice/archive/fc9b3c1f-8cf1-4779-a45d-49fd779d511c Favorite track: How to build an automaton.
Ecstatic M.D.
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Ecstatic M.D. The intimacy

of family across noise,

distance–even death.

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Favorite track: At the dinner table.
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about

Full Spectrum is pleased to welcome Philadelphia-based composer and sound artist Lucy Liyou into the fold with the release of their latest work, ‘Practice.’

Drawing deeply on aesthetic touchstones from Liyou’s Korean heritage, incorporating elements of pansori (Korean folk opera), the Korean concept of “Han,” and the unique tenor of Korean drama soundtracks, this gurgling assemblage of haunting piano melodies, snippets of text-to-voice narration, and widescreen swatches of vivid electronic texture has become our de facto anthem as we forge ahead into the weirdness of 2021: a supremely grounded and personal work from a vital young voice to keep us focused on that which matters most.

Whereas practice is a word of many meanings, the album takes its title from the rhetorical friction that exists between two of them. While on the one hand, practice refers to the performance of an activity or regular exercise of a skill in order to improve one’s proficiency, the term can also refer to the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing something.

Composed, recorded, and produced at the artist’s family home in Washington state in September of last year, ‘Practice’ is, on a surface level, a reactionary work. These tracks were, after all, created during the two weeks Liyou’s mother was required to wait in Korean quarantine before they could be released to care for the family’s ailing grandmother, a highly charged experience that led to a period of deep reflection on the spectrum of family dynamics and the peculiar ways that personality traits echo across generations.

In the face of a crushing wave of loss and death brought on by the COVID pandemic made all the more personal by the potential loss of the family’s matriarch, ‘Practice’ came into focus as an examination of how families explicitly and implicitly pass on coping mechanisms – or lack thereof – for grief and loss down through generations.

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released February 1, 2021

Composed, recorded and produced by Lucy Liyou in Washington, 2020

Mastered by Andrew Weathers

Artwork by Wilson Minshall

Layout by Gretchen Korsmo

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Full Spectrum Records releases the works of experimental musicians and sound artists, with an ear towards idiosyncratic tones, extended time frames and unique compositional approaches.

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