The Portuguese imprint Cronica
has become kind of a staple when it comes to releases being reviewed on these pages on a regular and that's why we are looking forward to embrace Vitor Joaquim
's upcoming album "Geography" that's scheduled for release on September 13th, 2k16. Vaguely dealing with the concept of how the planets geography has shaped the development of mankind as a whole throughout its entirety the album opening title track embeds fragments of space documentaries in an environment both shaped by organic sounds and glitches falling together in a warm and welcoming, yet also alien way - once again a feel that takes us back to our deeply loved copy of Oval's "Systemisch" album in a way we're sure that we're not the only ones using this classic as a reference. The second cut, "Cantino", starts with piercing digital, heavily disturbed signals that are accompanied by strange chirps, static crackle and other weird interferences, "Ganda" deals with a fusion of cold and sterile mechanic repetitions with additional layers of distorted, blurred Indietronic transmissions from an FM radio station located thousands of miles away and the pulsing, spiralling nature of "Technography" is facing some deep, organic melancholia along the way. With "Cargo" we're taken on a calm and relaxing journey provided by slow, yet steady Ambient movements and a crackly, continous hiss evoking memories of soft, steady rain on vintage autumn afternoons whilst obscured fragments of Alien FreeJazz performances are present somewhere in the background before "Exodus" explores quite minimalistic terrain and provides both an eerie, slightly threatening as well as a quite natural, ritualistic feel due its abuse of heavily and warped vocal bits by Nino De Elche which are taken from a live performance with Vitor Joaquim
like many other fragments of the album were originally recorded on stage with artists like Harald Sack Ziegler, Gustava Costa and many more. In "Domo Arigato" more warm, crackly Ambient layers and crystalline glockenspiel sequences make us feel at home in any second of the track that's building up to intense density slowly, providing sampled percussion bits strangely sounding like hydraulic air pops of some kind whilst the concluding 109 seconds of "8'20"" are basicly a sequel / part II of the previous tune as their transition is seamless, bringing in processed bits of a Laurie Anderson interview as additional sonic element instead of morphing into a completely new tune. An interesting concept for a closing bit indeed, yet a well fitting finish to this recommended longplay piece.
Album artwork on Instagram!