Collaborations are an exciting – but dangerous – game, especially when two artists from completely different worlds decide to cohabit with each other. In this particular case the results are fascinating and totally deconstruct the supposed divides between these musical forces. When we first saw that one-man electronic-psych merchant Botany had teamed up with Laurel Canyon troubadour, and one time Fleet Fox, Father John Misty we just had to listen.
Having loved Botany’s recent track drop ‘Anchor’ and holding Father John Misty’s debut LP Fear Fun in high esteem (last year’s most under-rated album), ‘Laughtrack’ just had to be gold. But there is always a chance that when two great minds get together, the conflicting messages create a clanger. Thankfully, the pairing work lavishly together, allowing the woozy electronica of Botany to take the lead whilst Father John Misty’s beautiful voice is layered to create hazy washes of atmospheric harmonies.
“It didn’t fit into the overall scheme of Lava Diviner, but I didn’t want it to rot on my computer, so I remixed it and set it free.
Botany had this to say about the collaboration: “I produced the track using a lot of Brit-folk samples as I was a huge Fleet Foxes fan trying to bridge the gap between that style and my own for the sake of the collaboration. It didn’t fit into the overall scheme of Lava Diviner, but I didn’t want it to rot on my computer, so I remixed it and set it free.”
‘Laughtrack’ is released just as Botany is about to unveil his new album Lava Diviner (Truestory) on 29 October via Western Vinyl and, although the track doesn’t feature on the new album, offers a peek at what kind of beauty lies in wait.