Mastered via reel-to-reel by Tri Angle Records' Vessel and cut & pressed onto white vinyl.
Astro:Dynamics finally drops Frida-Li Lovgren aka Quiltland's self-titled LP, following on from the Sisto EP a couple of weeks ago. The album combines a pop-orientated experimental approach with a new-age fragility, sitting alongside a tape-saturated euro trance palette. At times it recalls the works of Lars 'TCF' Holdhus or Lorenzo Senni, but with a more saccarine-sweet and vocal-fuelled edge. The 10-track LP also features a remix from fellow swede and labelmate 1991.
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I’d happily be in quiltland now. I was almost going to curl up in the bottom of the post cage earlier such is my need to go to sleep for a bit. As you may expect this is a record of pillowy textures and ambience with a narcoleptic feel to it. That’s not to say what we have here is pure ambience, its more towards your Zola Jesus terrain of clattering industrial beats and synths rescued from somewhere in the early 1980’s.
The vocals are whispery and Liz Frazer-like swooping under and over the tracks. My favourite tune appeats on the B side, ‘Il Voistro Paesaggio' is a soft piece of 80’s pop, one part ‘Hounds of Love’ era Kate Bush, one part Clannad. I swear I just heard a panpipe. There are some more upbeat, almost danceable moments with some slightly submerged 4/4 beats but still the record is shot through with a kind of cloudy fogginess.
At times, especially later in the album some of the woozy Hype Williams/Yong Yong almost unfinished sounding dream like textures emerge out of the mist. Overall a nice album of synth-wooze goodness.
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