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- Lost Cities by Alexandre Navarro
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 04 February 2014
I’ve got some tapes to review here. I was supposed to review them last week so sorry to the people at Dronarivm for my laxity. This tape by Alexandre Navarro was on my stereo and I was just starting to melt into its deliciously minimal synthetic dronescapes when my tape deck went and died on me. Fast forward to this week and I’ve come into the office to get these tapes described before they’re yesterday’s news.
Anyway, as you may have already guessed, this one is entirely up my street. ‘Lost Cities’ is an eight-track imaginary soundtrack to a non-existent ‘70s-’80s sci-fi fantasy “about the search of poetry in an ultra technologic world where happiness becomes fake where human forget about his roots”, in the artist’s own words. What this means for the listener is lots of skeletal classic synth sounds, carving out cold retro-futuristic shapes, ranging from passages of cryptic backwards melodies, tinkling loops and slowly oozing drones.
I’m particularly enjoying the track I think is ‘Dreaming In The Tram’, which utilises said drones along with an occasional bass pulse and some weird detached melodic details to really hypnotic and beautiful effect. Tape’s a good medium for it I think because the bass is so warm and full that it is very effective on the rare occasions when he heads into the sub regions. This is cool stuff, sounds like it was made in the ‘70s.
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