Listen to ‘False Ceiling’ from Lucy Van and Laila Sakini’s debut EP Figures.


Initially developed as a one track hobby project for a noise and spoken word poetry night (which was cancelled), Figures continued to evolve into a more complete body of work, with Laila Sakini leaking the demos on her NTS guest slots, leading to this eventual, finalisation of an EP. ‘False Ceiling’ is indicative of much of the material on this release.

Lucy Van writes about poetry and photography. She is a post-doctoral researcher in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne, and an editor at Cordite Poetry Review. Lucy also writes lyric and prose poems, and has spoken at venues including The Slow Canoe, Station Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Laila Sakini’s role as a DJ and emerging producer/songwriter has seen her traverse between her home town of Melbourne and London. She has performed across clubs and festivals in Melbourne and in various venues throughout London, Paris and Belgium along with art spaces including The National Gallery of Victoria, Carriageworks and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She presents semi-regularly on NTS Radio, has appeared on Boiler Room and has opened for the likes of Dopplereffekt and Optimo. Laila has recently begun producing, writing and performing live solo and collaborative works.

You can pre order their limited cassette Figures here. Otherwise it’s released on the 2nd of June on Purely Physical.


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