The Home Normal label continue their run of broad but utterly distinctive releases with a limited edition, four panelled recycled card CD from Melodía. A travel journal of intimate and low key instrumentals for acoustic guitar and twinkling electronics, the affecting, meandering songs perfectly capture idyllic trips spent wandering and the simultaneously exciting and lonely feel of empty hotel rooms.
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It’s now an ancient cliche, but the argument that a limitless source of amazement is available in just a few clicks is true for its sapping of inspiration. With so much content flowing through us, doesn’t it lessen the effect of the wonderful? Well, there’s an easy solution - get out of the house. Go outside. Have a picnic in Brussels. That’s Brazilian-born Federico Durand and Tokyo’s Tomoyoshi Date’s plan anyway.
Under the name Melodia, they set about traversing the (somewhat more) exotic European spots such as Luxembourg, France and Germany to gain the required inner stirring to create a stunning melding of environment, instrument and creator. And stunning it is - the constant cyclic picking of their dual acoustics hypnotises to the point of tranquillity, joined sporadically by various treated creaks, piano or xylophones for a bit more instrumental diversity.
For a record pitted as a ‘travel diary’ you’d expect muffled lo-fi recording, but their plucks can be thick or gentle while always remaining clear. You can even hear breathing in the sparse moments of 4th track ‘Un Instante Delicado’! The presence of the environment doesn’t sound messy, it just sits there playing like an instrument in its full, bare glory. These elements reminiscent of Ghost and Tape’s recent Hibernate postcard Poble Nou but a little more attached to this mortal coil and much more considered. The duo have also managed to portray characteristics of the broader area - ‘Luna’ carries with it the remote mountainous German town of Tubingen, and ‘Una Aparicion Nocturna’s homely vibe reflects the comforts of Date’s home studio. Brilliant stuff.
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