The Russian lo-fi creator Энеона Виток (Eneona Vitok) released the LP Маршрут построен (Route Calculated) on the 13th.
Энеона Виток (Eneona Vitok) – Маршрут построен (Route Calculated) – Cassette
There is a certain joy to communicating with musicians around the globe as things can be learnt – Маршрут построен is the common phrase on Russian Satnav devices when the route for a journey has been calculated, but rather than learning about Russian SatNav systems you probably opened this post to learn more about the music…
… Маршрут построен is an approximately twenty four minutes eight track LP (available via Pomogite Community on bandcamp for either the digital version or the ten track limited run cassette version) – that flows through a psychedelic journey of compositions that hold a fascinating grip on the listener. A haunting soft vocal sweeps through tracks of fuzzy psychotropic keyboard, slippery percussion and whirling guitar.
My selection from the release is the sixth Регенерация (Regeneration), though to not dwell in the full release is to do yourself a disservice.
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The Canadian lo-fi project Sandals released the single Real Alberta Advantage at the end of last month.
Real Alberta Advantage (available on bandcamp) has similar mirage like qualities to previous material featured with the shimmering guitar laying alongside ghostly voices in a track which clocks in at eighty seconds.
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The US lo-fi project doe deer released the LP sports on the 20th.
Regardless of how much you tweak your speaker settings, to listen to doe dear will always result in sounds that struggle to make their way out of the speakers, as though a timorous mouse making their way across a field, on a moonlit night, guarded by a parliament of owls.
The tracks scurry across the room in furtive movement disappearing as quickly as they appeared.
An album for the aficionados of lo-fidelity and my pick of the release is the third of the fourteen on sports (available on bandcamp) – weekend.
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Human Colonies from Bologna in Italy is the lo-fi shoegaze outfit of Giuseppe Mazzoni (Guitar / Vocals), Roman Dagner (Guitar), Davide Hare (Drums) and Sara Telesca (Bass).
Your speakers haven’t broken when you hit play, the vocal is that immersed by Human Colonies. There is an interesting trend developing in music of reflecting the realities of the world around where the voice is become ever more hidden, which to me is the testament of where the vast majority of the world now sits, unheard and irrelevant as politicians justify the ever growing excesses of the few in a cycle of contempt. But let’s leave aside my own perspectives, those who know the website are already well aware of where to find my writings as an anarcho-capitalist, who can find a political argument over a photograph of a carpet, so let us head back to Human Colonies.
I hit play and thought – no, but there was something hanging in my head then I hit play again and once again thought no – but still a nagging feeling then I hit play again and thought – yes I can contextualise this and music is all about personal connectivity, for me the connection is the washed away voices, for you it may be something else, but I do urge you to give Human Colonies a decent run out.
You can tell how new the quartet really are by their EP being named Demo and that isn’t short for demonstration. With some delight I find myself being able to interpret the sounds to a vacuum of Societal disconnect, which resonates with me, for you it may well be the shimmering guitars and mild distortion, however you approach it an interesting sound is emitted by Human Colonies.
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Nodigga from Los Angeles in the USA is the solo lo-fi electronica creator Nick Cardinal.
A fascinating conceptual idea which could only emerge out of the home of lo-fi – Los Angeles. On hitting play you will be convinced your speakers have broken, such is the distortion, but be assured all is well, this is the creativity of Nodigga.
By fusing what are normally crystal clear pitches with instrumental and earth tilling turns of the fork the listener is left in a space which captivates. Compositionally there is nothing out of the ordinary, it neither seeks to tear open the edges of the envelope, nor does it attempt to be user friendly from the off, but what we are left with is something of incredible value as the creativity of a lively mind which expresses the individuality and perspective in a surprising way.
The material demands concentration to gain maximum value and that is easy to give as Nick Cardinal offers the audience an opportunity to give it a moment or two to make sense, or reach for the off button in even less time. In my opinion, there is a fascinating journey to discover with Nodigga and certainly a concept that will remain on my watch list. The frayed edges of the notes which ripple across the room in broken fragments add a luxuriant psychedelic osmosis to the sounds being delivered to the ears.
I could and will spend many an hour in this space.
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