Double LP £18.99 ELP040
Black vinyl 2LP on Ecstatic, mastered at D&M Berlin. Cover artwork + insert feat. photographs by Lee Arucci.
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Ambient music is, in many ways, very similar to psychedelic drugs in that state of mind/location are crucial to the experience. I tried to absorb this record one morning (I thought it was gonna be an energizing banger) while in a frenzy of ensuring that three children intent on gawping at other kids playing video games on Youtube got washed, dressed and ate breakfast and made it to school on time. I quickly learned that it’s not one to play first thing in the morning. But when the sun has gone down and the sproggs are safely tucked up in bed, well, it’s a whole microcosm to escape into.
The last couple of Alessio Natalizia’s records as Not Waving for Diagonal have given us a good beating on the dancefloor - whereas ‘Futuro (Music For The Waldorf Project)’ feels like it’s actively healing and repairing the brain cells those records damaged. It’s a record that not only showcases the technical scope of Natalizia’s production skills but also reveals a much deeper introspective side to the artist. Not only is the album functional in the sense of conventional (yawn) “chill out” ambient music but there are moments here that are really very moving indeed - particularly the four ‘Emotion’ tracks, which despite their seemingly very minimal construction are just bristling with, yes, actual EMOTION. They’re all very beautiful, crystalline tracks that glisten and shimmer very prettily but are really emotionally and physically affecting - these tracks, in particular, make my body tingle and almost brought a tear to my eye. They really took me off guard and touched me in a quite unexpected way (oi, oi!). Elsewhere, the record traverses moments that are classic Brian Eno blueprint ambient meets contemporary Huerco S. style and Berlin School, slightly cosmic/kosmische meditative moods which at moments recall Anthony Child’s Maui Jungle synth works. I think my initial highlight is the longest piece, the 17 utterly tranquil minutes of final track ‘Emotion 7 7 Communion’ which is a proper melter.
There’s a ton of ambient music around at the moment but this record really stands out, and although perhaps not consistent enough throughout to be considered a modern classic, certainly has more than enough moments that I feel will easily endure the test of time. In a world filled with intolerance, inequality, suffering, pain and sorrow, it’s moments like getting lost in tracks like these (and hanging out with cats) that reminds us there is still beauty on this huge rotating ball of rock on which we dwell.
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