Finn of Tomland
After i have had experienced this ultra talented artist live at DREAM MUSIC in Malmö/Sweden this weekend i just had to get hold of this wonderful release too!
Favorite track: Heart Of Sogguth.
Extended hypnotic explorations from Brooklyn’s experimentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens, OM). Two long-side pieces of futuristic afro-dub, slowly evolving arrangements of voice and modular synthesizer soundscapes. Ethereal and melancholic on the first side with Magnamite, exhibiting « the relationship of machine and human, showcasing the coupling of the two instruments ». Drifting and wildly pulsating on Heart of Sogguth that « transforms this relationship into a unified human machine wherein the voice becomes the rhythm - all become one instrument.»
« Mind-bending minimalist rhythm trips from Brooklyn’s Robert Lowe, coiling up on the Paris-based Latency Recordings in the wake of sublime excursions for Type and DDS and alongside Jóhann Jóhannsson, Adult and Ariel Kalma in recent years.
A deeply intoxicating session unfurls in both parts, pursuing the patiently nuanced logic of his prior releases into the beautifully melancholic, elliptical downstroke of Magnatite on the A-side, and what sounds like a blunted Villalobos lost in a mazy nitrous fantasy on the marvellous Heart Of Sogguth.
Coaxing waves of drip-off dissonant tang into an alternately acrid, aqueous flow with the meter of a water clock in orbit or a deep sea hydrothermal vent spewing pure minerals under unfathomable pressure, Magnetite beautifully owns our attention on the A-side and is primed to send post-party sessions or stone circle meditations into the absolute lushest freefall regression to primal states.
The B-side’s upstepping vectors therefore give a (perhaps necessary) second wind, picking up the pace to a 111bpm bump soaked in spring reverb and riddled with hiccuping voices that appear to originate in or at least resonate in the listener’s own trachea with a potent tang whilst the groove quietly knots us in sensually elastic loops.
They’re blinders, both of ‘em. »
Composed and produced by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Magnamite recorded by Emmanuel de Barros during artist residency at Grim, Marseille 2014
Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin
Distributed by Honest Jon's in London
Front cover : Misha Hollenbach, back : Hugo Blanzat
An absolutely devastating, beautiful, horrifying project. Clips of old jazz transformed into a terrifying journey into dementia. It was a brutal 6 hours, but I am thankful for the experience. bongwaterboy
This is a great album, pure minimal sequencing, devoid of pads, melodies, or percussion. The final track is just gorgeous.
But I cannot hear anything new here - early Steve Roach and Ashra albums have similar quirky minimal pieces.
The all too snappy envelopes in the first and last piece are a bit unnerving. hellmuth schomberg