Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – Illusion Of Time: CD Album or Transparent Magenta Vinyl LP *Pre Order


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Release Date Friday 27th March
All pre orders will be dispatched/ready for collection on that date.

Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – Illusion Of Time
Phantasy Sound

CD Album £9.99
Magenta Vinyl LP £16.99


  1. Sun
  2. Illusion of Time
  3. CC Pad
  4. Space Channel
  5. Inside The Ruins
  6. At First Sight
  7. Interrupted By The Cloud of Light
  8. Enter Exit
  9. Water
  10. Stills

Renowned UK producer Daniel Avery and acclaimed experimental musician and Nine
Inch Nails synth artist Alessandro Cortini announce their debut full-length collaboration,
Illusion of Time, set for release on March 27 th on Phantasy worldwide and Phantasy/Mute
in the United States and Canada.

To coincide with the announcement, the pair have shared a video for the album’s title track
directed by Sam Davis and Tom Andrew, who has previously received two UK Music Video
Awards nominations for his work with Avery. Speaking about the video, Andrew explains,
“We were keen to capture a visual representation of the tempo and atmospheric emotion of
the track and make a video exploring the notion of collaboration. A super-motion approach
allowed us to explore details of motion shared between two people, in tactile actions of
aiding and supporting.” Cortini adds, “The video embodies the volatility and hidden nature
of the music’s subject and meaning. A meaning that is ultimately personal and unique the

Beginning as a collaborative experiment before the pair had even met, Avery and Cortini
then worked remotely and free of concept or deadline over several years. The result, finally

completed when both artists were touring with Nine Inch Nails in 2018, is a quietly powerful
album rooted in trust, process and experimentation. The first fruits of their labour were
unveiled last year when ‘Water’ and ‘Sun’ appeared online, subsequently released as a
very limited 7” run that was sold at FYF Festival and Mount Analog in Los Angeles, and
Phonica Records in London. Both tracks are included on the album.
“It was very much a shared process”, notes Avery. “I would like to credit Alessandro with
his belief that music has a life of its own, as well as the importance he places on the first
take… That even something that may be considered out-of-step by some should be
respected. Some of the tracks were borne simply out of a tiny synth part, or a bit of tape
hiss that we had recorded. And that approach taught me a lot. It’s a record that’s been
worked on hard, but not laboured over.”
“I was a big fan of Daniel’s, and his work always spoke to me in a certain way,’’ explains
Cortini. “Then, when we started working together, it just clicked. It’s very hard to explain,
but I can always hear the love in his work, and that is true on this record. After our first
collaboration, we just kept sending each other music and maintaining that dialogue. Next
thing you know, we’re sitting in a hotel room in New York and had finished the record in
three hours.”

The collaborative album follows Avery’s second record Song For Alpha, released in early 2018, and
last year’s expanded edition B-sides & Remixes. Mixmag called the sophomore LP “A beautiful
maturation of Avery’s work as a producer,” while The Guardian hailed its “Majestic,
cavernous techno” and Loud & Quiet praised Avery as “A producer fast approaching the
peak of his powers,” “This album cements Daniel Avery as one of the best,” wrote DIY. The
London-based producer will perform at BBC Radio 3’s Unclassified Live on April 3 rd , a new series
of concerts in the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall presented by Unclassified host and
presenter Elizabeth Alker and conducted by André de Ridder – tickets are available here . Avery
has also just been announced in the first wave of acts for London festivals Re-Textured and the
inaugural Wide Awake, taking place in April and June respectively.
Cortini released his most recent solo album Volume Massimo on Mute in July 2019, following Fine,
the Italian artist’s final album under his SONOIO alias, which came out the previous year. The
Quietus called the former “an album that showcases just how much Cortini‘s aesthetic has
developed since his early days,” while Exclaim! hailed it “a melodic exploration of textures and
layers … an instrumental masterpiece that adds to an already incredible body of work by the gifted
and skilled composer.”

Additional Information

Weight 550 g
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CD Album £9.99, Magenta Vinyl LP £16.99,