Not to be confused with the Jamaican reggae pop outfit! Gondwana’s Aum focuses on discovering new electronic textures, new landscapes even, within the world of sound by consistently broadening the definition of music. Mastered by Rashad Becker, Aum is sure to bring a diverse and challenging sound to your turntable.
LP £12.99 OPAL057
LP on Opal Tapes.
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Opal tapes. damn fine label I don't mind saying. Alongside PAN, the go to imprint for weird-out techno, electro-acoustic fun and noisy electronic innovations.
As one half of Lumisokea, a Belgian/Italian duo, Gondwana is the solo alias of Andrea Leggi who I'd imagine to be the Mediterranean half of the duo. As you'd expect from the striking artwork and his other musical endeavours, this is quite dark and absorbing electro-acoustic stuff with with nods to many other tech-noir practitioners but as I find much of this music to be of more interest experienced in a live setting over a fuck-off PA in a dark room I'm not gonna do this guy the disservice of lumping him in with one of the 1000's of other people constructing haunting, metallic crepuscular soundscapes.
Beats are deployed sparingly, funereally, in parts. This is not a fun fest. There's moments of aggressive blackened fuzz and some fascinating aural furniture for your fat mind to sit wearily on but S1 is where it's at with the sinister digital graveyard dwelling Haxan Cloak-esque opener giving way to Clangers-style ambience and one of the couple of tracks you could imagine DJing with kicks into action. 'Bootstrapping' is a thing of off-beat wonder that you should go and purchase immediately if looking for impressive and atmospheric beats to throw out at your hipster crowd. Later, 'Right Brainer' that closes the side is also a lovely inquisitive ambient track that seriously raises the bar.
To be fair, this is overall a sonically arresting and panoramically stunning record and is well worth a listen (as is just 'bout anything on OT) but the aforementioned pieces are all I'd truly invest in myself as I've heard tons of this stern blackened electronics gear in the last few years and as brilliantly done as it is I occasionally find it all a little too oppressive now. Big massive softy me.
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