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The Phonometrician is the name under which Mexican film score composer, and generally very talented bloke, Carlos Morales, records. Mnemosyne is an album built on finger-picked classical/folk-tinged guitar patterns. As Morales has so many strings to his bow, however, there’s a lot more going on here.

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Mnemosyne by The Phonometrician
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8/10 Will Staff review, 15 May 2019

The Phonometrician is the alias of Carlos Morales. He’s releasing his debut album called ‘Mnemosyne’. It’s an album that’s a little disconcerting due to its immense scope. Not only is there the electronic element of this album, traditional ambient drones and synth washes, but there’s loads of fingerpicked acoustic guitars, some found sound, spoken word, and really visceral, woody (can’t think of a better word) percussion. Not only that, but this album is apparently based around the conception of memories; the press release identifies it as ‘an aural translation of memories’.

Similarly to James Leyland Kirby’s The Caretaker project, Mnemosyne seems to gradually split at the seams, fracture, and cycle in upon itself. There are plenty of tape hisses and crackles that are seem ever-present, hovering on the edges of the music, able to be obscured but not for long. I suppose in a way, this record reminds me of Monoliths and Dimensions by Sunn O))) in its use of string instruments and restrained heaviness. The acoustic guitar adds an element that completely refigures the album. Though such a familiar instrument, but the constant use of guitar in an ambient semi-electronic context makes it sound like a memory itself, slightly jarring yet inherent to the thing itself. 

Morales has created an intriguing, fully realised, frightening (the end of We’re Burning made me propel a chocolate peanut out of my mouth), and genuinely beautiful piece of art.


p.s - turns out there are not only one but two ambient albums called 'Mnemosyne' - how has that happened?


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