Photay by Photay on Apple Music

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About Photay

Photay is Evan Shornstein, an electronic musician from Woodstock, New York who balances analog and digital recordings in a broader mix of organic and synthetic sounds. First inspired by exposure to the music of Aphex Twin at an early age, over time he took up the drums, turntablism, music composition, and experiments with field recordings and sampling. The project emerged from a trip to Guinea, West Africa to study African drumming that resulted in the self-released Photay. The six-track EP was given a vinyl and expanded digital release in 2014 by the Brooklyn-based Astro Nautico label as Shornstein was finishing a degree in music composition at Purchase College. His Sadie EP followed in March 2016. Inspired by the interplay of nature and technology in a time of climate change and social media addiction, Photay's official full-length debut, Onism, arrived in the summer of 2017 on Astro Nautico. Self-recorded in Brooklyn and Woodstock, it featured vocal performances by Madison McFerrin ("Outré Lux") and, in a rare appearance, Shornstein himself ("Aura"). ~ Marcy Donelson

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