‘Environment’ is MY DISCO’s most uncompromising recording to date. Written over a two week period during Berlin winter 2018, the band decided to let their surroundings shape the sound of their new material. Recorded in a place that has seen Einsturzende Neubauten, Keiji Heino and Pan Sonic pen orks, the band became immersed within the confines of the space and immediate surroundings and set to create a record that has become a dark and intense departure from their previous releases.
Utilising unconventional instruments and recording techniques, MY DISCO began a process of refining their minimalist approach to creating music. Metal hand percussion, synthesisers and drone box guitar effects all became a unique and integral part of creating ‘Environment’.
Fast forward a few months to Melbourne Australia; the band chose to again work with Producer and Engineer Cornel Wilzcek at his Electric Dreams Studio. Wilzcek is no stranger to the band’s ever changing and all-encompassing sound, and this time he collaborated both musically as well as a producer and engineer.
Working with Downwards Records seems fitting given the unique elements ‘Environment’ has to offer the listener. Industrial percussion replaces a standardised drum kit, synthesisers make a strong addition to the music and virtually unrecognisable guitar lines masked in drone and drenched in reverb take place all over the album. Recording the sound of a pre-reunification of German built industrial air conditioning vents, “playing” a steel reverb tank and having purpose built Obstructures instruments designed specifically for this album is what makes both ‘Environment’ and MY DISCO so versatile, challenging and indeed a product of their surroundings.