At The Top Of The Stairs

Alan Licht and Loren Connors

FV114 LP

Released June 9, 2023


  • 1. Part One (13:53)
  • 2. Part Two (12:45)

Acclaimed guitar duo Loren Connors and Alan Licht celebrate their 30-year collaboration in 2023 with the release of their eighth album — At The Top Of The Stairs —and a series of performances. The duo will hold a two-night residence at Café Oto in London on May 5 and 6.

Across the decades, their improvisations became increasingly abstract and atonal while maintaining complex, ethereal arrangements. The harmonious blend of Licht's meticulously crafted feedback and harmonic patterns with Connors' ghostly blue tones remains the core sound of this partnership.

At the Top Of The Stairs was recorded live in 2018. Across two side-long pieces, the duo ascends slowly, through layers of atmospheric tension punctuated by thunderous waves of Connors’ effects.

For fifty years, Connors’s adaptation of acoustic Delta blues has transmuted into miniature grayscale compositions and howling riffs. His collaborators include Oren Ambarchi, Keiji Haino, and Kim Gordon. Connors’ second book of his paintings Night of Rain (Recital) was released last year.

Rock/experimental musician Alan Licht was a member of the bands Love Child, Run On, and Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, and has released a range of acclaimed rock and experimental albums. He is an author with books published by Rizzoli, W.W. Norton, Faber & Faber, and Blank Forms.

Edition of 438 copies on black vinyl. Two separate limited edition versions sold by the artists during performances -- white cover (54 copies) and red cover (33 copies).