Synthspert Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe has been releasing a slew of excellent modular experiments for labels far and wide, with techno blurtings on DDS, pretty sounds on Kranky and Type, plus a cosmic collaboration with legend Ariel Kalma for FRKWYS. His newest release comes for More Than Human and sees him working with unprecedented narratives, offering an imaginary soundtrack for an African sci-fi film. Comes with phenomenal artwork by Lowe himself.
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- MTH012LP / LP on More Than Human. Edition of 500 copies, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an insert of original artwork by Robert Lowe
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Deep, minimal analogue oscillations from Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) on his imaginary score to the African science fiction movie in his mind. It’s a beautifully tranquil paced record, with sounds that traverse various emotions; wonder, fear and transcendence - all articulated through his modular synthesiser. ‘Two Orb Reel’ conjures images of alien landscapes, strange beings/entities with a weird/zoned feel that could come out of a William Burroughs novel. The track titles offer little guide posts to assist the mind in constructing these strange places; ‘The Crystal World’, ‘Interzone Bureau Desk’, ‘Rift Valley’ etc.
‘The Dead Past’ has a particularly exquisite beauty with its rich bass tones and majestic melody, while the darker ‘Yawneb Pt.2’ is another initial highlight - reminding me somewhat of ‘Viimeinen Monni (The Last Catfish)' from Ø aka Mika Vainio’s old ‘Happi’ EP. All tracks are delicately executed and spacious in the sense that you feel like you can move around within them. There’s a real subtle charm to this record that’s revealed as it progresses across its 14 relatively short tracks. Taken in isolation, they could feel like sketches, but as a whole, come together to form a really immersive, atmospheric, mystical work.
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