Hyperboreal is the result of a focused set of sessions made over just a few days by Manuel Fogliata (Neul) using scarcely more than one synth. The tracks explore slight variations to their fullest extent, a cliff-face of gorgeous thick tones. Out on Further Records: the LP edition comes with a poster.
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Nuel is Manuel Fogliata, an Italian DJ, ambienter, and Donato Dozzy collaborator (he was partially responsible for those now mega-rare Aquaplano releases) who makes ambitious music when he gets into album mode. Large swathes of sound rise into walls of shimmering frequencies both mechanistic and awe-strikingly beautiful on Hyperboreal, his second album once again on Further Records.
It’s pretty clear that the hypnotic downtempo acoustic figures of Trance Mutation have been, well, mutated into strange audio spectres, banshees that wail into massive caverns. Engines purr and grumble as if they’re about to run out of fuel, while glistening fragments of sound rise up in waves before echoing gradually off towards the silence from which they were born. This is Raica level audio frazzlery. It’s unbelievably dense and grating, constantly baring its teeth at only the most vulnerable part of your ears. Think labelmate Innercity’s sort of harsher-edged sounds, or perhaps some of the stuff on Line. ‘-Om’ cuts through this treble-heavy mist with a heavy combination of lower drones like buzzing amps that have been left on all night, while rhythmic continuity is provided by an artificial heartbeat.
Sounds just keep morphing in extremely trippy but challenging ways, so that you’re left in a submissive position, at the mercy of Fogliata’s sonic mind. This new side of the producer will delight fans of Further’s recent intense electronic output, but prepare your ears for one of their harshest yet.
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