„Blending harsh synthetic tones; dark, percussive sound design; and traditional world instruments, a new industrial landscape is being forged in The Royal Ritual, created by award winning sound designer and music producer, English born David Lawrie.“
Debut album Martyrs (release date TBD) is a thematic exploration into organized religion, and how it can negatively influence our most basic ethical choices. The album was produced almost entirely in isolation, in Northern California.
The first single from the album, “Pews In A Pandemic,” is a direct response to the hypocrisy of the megachurch culture in the USA, during the Covid-19 pandemic. This cognitive dissonance is reflected in the unusual 15/4 time signature, heard throughout most of the song.
Drawing from Lawrie’s work in film as a sound designer, “Pews In A Pandemic,” as well as the rest of the album, contains rich soundscapes as well as foley elements that combine to replace the function of typical elements. For example, instead of a snare drum, Lawrie uses an intriguing blend of gunshots mixed with steel barrels and hydrophonic recordings. Many synthetic elements of the song, and the album as a whole, are actually crafted from sampling recorded elements, and manipulating them into synthetic instruments. This “meta” approach lends itself to the B-Side of the “Pews…” single – a cover of Phildel’s “Glide Dog” – where the original song was analyzed by a wavetable synthesizer, and used as an element throughout The Royal Ritual’s version – a vast departure from the sparseness of Phildel’s original arrangement, into a much heavier, industrial affair.
The single will be released as a digital download and streaming on all platforms, as well as on the bandcamp store. Also available is a collectible, laser engraved wooden USB, containing the two songs from the digital version, as well as an additional piece of music, video content, promo photos, and more. The USB is presented in a hand numbered, laser engraved wooden box, and is limited to only 50 units.
ABOUT DAVID LAWRIE
David Lawrie is an internationally renowned music producer and sound designer. Classically trained on the piano from the age of 7, he began exploring the tech side of music in his teenage years.
After gaining a distinction award upon completing his Master’s degree in Music Production from Leeds Conservatoire, he went on to produce for independent artists in the UK, Europe, and the USA. His experimental nature has seen him working in genres spanning from folk and pop, all the way to goth and industrial. This is genre-spanning career is reflected in the blending of strong ear-worm hooks with abstract, heavy arrangements, and traditional instrumentation in The Royal Ritual.
Notable associated artists include London After Midnight, CocoRosie, Phildel, and many others.
As a multi-instrumentalist, with a fascination with unusual world instruments, synthesisers, and sound design, his unique arrangements and production style have attracted the imagination of artists and filmmakers alike. His compositions have been used in nature documentaries (notably the award-winning “Of Shark and Man”), horror shorts, and art installations, as well as television shows around the world. As an award winning sound designer, he has lead and executed audio post production for a wide variety of films – feature length and short.