Drone time baby! Not just any old drones though: Lumisokea have been working with recordings of such resonant acoustic instruments as gamelan and cello, and have processed and re-engineered them into the pieces you hear on Mnemosyne. Detailed electroacoustic sound caverns, pressed to vinyl on the Alter label.
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 02 September 2015
Lumisokea is a combination of an Italian and a Belgian, some pre-Wham synths and murdered instruments. When you encounter the words ‘Berlin’ and ‘Opal Tapes’ in the same sentence, a shiver runs down your spine, but as Mnemosyne progresses, those shivers move upwards toward the brain, troubled but ecstatic.
There are drones, but this is not a ‘drone album’. It’s an album of exploratory textures, electroacoustique if you will, that contain within them mastery of both imaginary spaces and unpredictable encounters. Your mouth will open at times, your eyes will widen at the raw unique taste of some of these noises, all on the border of pure horror. Tension builds during rhythmic pulse sequences where abstract hisses form the drum kit, mild sustained tones suddenly rasp upwards in ferocity, with huge clangs providing momentary relief before the following silence consumes you. Apparently they put gamelan bells, pianos and cellos through their nightmare machines, but they are but withered fragments of their former selves, resonant peaks in a flattened mountain range.
The track listing is redundant, there’s simply too much detail throughout, and it’s all amazing. If you enjoyed that Yair Elazar Glotman record that just came out, then think not once and get this.
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