Wild Arrows is proud to share their new short live film “Mike Law on the Spiral Stairs.”
About the film, Mike Law states: “We made this before the pandemic knowing it would be a good companion and long term document of the album. The mood of the record culminates with “At Least” a track that harkens back to a childhood of growing up in a decayed former industrial town full of abuse, drugs, Sinéad O’Connor trying to save us on SNL from the predator priests in my school, and what I now know is called toxic masculinity that was around me 24 hours a day. It barely even felt like I participated in writing the album, it’s more as though I just had to notice it was there. While I’ve spent a lifetime trying to unlearn these things I’ve also learned they chase you down. Filming some of the songs played live without an audience seemed like one of the rare times that a film like this might capture parts of the album better than the record itself. The film and album’s apex is the last song, “At Least” the end of the spiral black hole before it returns to light.”
The recently released album “Mike Law on the Spiral Stairs” is by far Law’s most un-influenced, direct and unique musical moment to date since his days pioneering EULCID, the ultra-influential DIY heroes with the intentionally obtuse name. “Mike Law on the Spiral Stairs” has more than hints of experimentation in form, it’s is a circular album front to back and front again, a disorienting palindrome of time and memory that most humans experience of their past and present fighting for who they are in a changing now and which part of trauma currently claims their identity. Like the best work of Law’s other main creative vehicle New Idea Society, who’s 2019 releases on Sargent House and first in over a decade with Stephen Brodsky (Cave In), Alan Cage (Quicksand), “Mike Law on the Spiral Stairs” creates its own world of multilayered lyrics and unexpected melody with sonic surprises.
Essentially a solo album while main collaborator Yasmin Reshemwala spends time on maternity leave Law brought on long time drummer Alan Cage (Quicksand) for a few tracks, Gary Attrurio to mix and Brooklyn Producer Grady Walker to further push the sonic adventure of the songs.