The ambient musician Rafael Anton Irisarri is releasing an album called 'Solastalgia'. Expect cinematic soundscapes, deeply immersive ambient washes, and saturated instrumentation. If teaser track 'Coastal Trapped Disturbance' is anything to go by, this should be superb. For fans of deep listening. 

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Solastalgia by Rafael Anton Irisarri
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8/10 Ant 19 June 2019

A regular on Lawrence English’s Room40 roster, Rafael Anton Irisarri returns with ‘Solastalgia’, an incredibly poignant work which depicts a possible future that seems all too real. Solastalgia is defined as distress caused by environmental change - and we are very quickly getting there as humans across the globe continually shit on their own doorstep - that doorstep being planet earth.

There’s a lingering sadness running throughout the haunting, misty widescreen ambient soundscapes Irisarri conjures - as though we’ve reached a point of no return - the decline of fundamental ecosystems, the extinction of beautiful creatures, plants and animals. It’s as though we hover over barren landscapes peering down through dense smog at the ghosts of sentient beings that once roamed the planet. Ice caps are now the ocean and the coral reefs are dead. Yet from the bleak fog there is a sense of re-growth and re-birth as fluttering, fleeting melodies seem to emerge as if beyond the clouds a divine orchestra seems to be playing. There is optimism in these melodies - humans may have wiped themselves out but nature rebuilds.

Each piece is teeming with nuance and detail that feels both present and hallucinatory and totally rewards repeated immersion. Typically gorgeous stuff as ever from Mr Irisarri.


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