Leaving as one and returning as another. To say Travel, the new album by John Carroll Kirby, is a full mind trip would be no overstatement. The producer, composer and keyboardist, a collaborator to the likes Solange, Connan Mockasin and Sébastien Tellier, conceptualised Travel in Tokyo before writing the album in the region of Lamanai, Belize.
The result is a sonic journey infused with synths, sax and hypnotic rhythm – conjuring the Moroccan city of Essaouira, chanelling the energy of Poroy Station, on the way to Machu Picchu, and the alien landscapes of Socotra, Yemen – described by its maker as Third Generation Exotica.
Here, Kirby lets us in on the early moments of his debut solo album’s creation, of days by the water, Mayan temples and a return to simplicity.
Travel is out now via Siberia Records.