Photo by Dusdin Condren
The first single from Tyondai Braxton’s forthcoming solo album, HIVE1, unwound and writhed for a solid nine and a half minutes. The former Battles frontman’s latest track clocks in at a third of that time. Like “Scout1”, “Gracka” was composed for an audiovisual art installation called HIVE that debuted at the Guggenheim in 2013. Braxton has since brought the work to festivals like this year’s Big Ears, and will release its audio component as an LP next month.
“Gracka” was apparently inspired by Braxton’s wife, Grace. “Gracka is a nickname for my wife Grace and it reminds me of her,” he said in a press release. “The piece emulates her — always surprising, always beautiful spirit and down to earth nature.” Listen below.
HIVE1 arrives on May 12th via Nonesuch. In support, Braxton has announced the Canadian premiere of the HIVE installation at MUTEK Festival in Montreal, Quebec on May 30th. He will then play a three-night residency from June 4th to June 6th at the Kitchen in New York City, where he’ll be accompanied by site-specific visuals from artist Grace Villamil, with whom he’s worked in the past on a side project called Llue.