Latency marks its 10th anniversary with a special collection of commissioned works by HTRK, Damsel Elysium, and Tarawangsawelas. The three artists have crafted individual soundscapes that were showcased during the label night, held in the picturesque gardens of Villa Medici, Rome, on 26 June 2023.
Originating from Melbourne, HTRK (pronounced “Hate Rock”) is a duo comprising Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang. With a discography spanning releases on labels like Ghostly, Boomkat, and their own imprint N&J Blueberries, Jonnine and Nigel have crafted a truly unique sound over the past decade. Their performances can be seen at a variety of venues like the Sydney Opera House and Rewire.
London-based Damsel Elysium is a multifaceted artist who spans the realms of sound, visual art, and performance. Damsel utilises improvisational double bass, violin, piano and original field recordings to explore alternative connections with physical spaces and nature. They have collaborated with artists such as FKA Twigs, Celeste, Cktrl, Matt Maltese and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Tarawangsawelas is an Indonesian duo from Bandung. They are masters of the Tarawangsa, a traditional Sundanese instrument from West Java employed in ceremonies celebrating bountiful harvests. By combining the string instrument with a series of effect units, Tarawangsawelas conjure contemplative and hypnotic compositions while making traditional music accessible to a wider audience.
Samia Halaby. Courtesy the artist and Ayyam Gallery.