Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mirko - LP1 [Room40 Promo]

Released on November 18th, 2k16 via Room40 is Mirko's "LP1", a nine track album created by the Hamburg-born, world travelling and now London-based artist, sound engineer and producer Mirko Vogel who has been working on the Ambient textures of this album over the course of nearly three years. Whilst the opening tune "Glass" fuses a raw, steady synth bass and floating, dreamlike harmonic spreads with epic widescreen background drum resemblances evoking memories of early Synth and electronic music masters like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre before coming to an abrupt and unexpected halt, the "Cloud Chain" brings crackly surface noise, warm pads and single piano chords to create an all welcoming Ambient blur with a touch of romantic melancholia, "One Hour" lives up to each and every genre cliche in terms of sonic, slow moving beauty but remarkably still manages to not cross over into the land of kitsch driven Muzaq and so does "As The Morning" which is adding a few tender guitar tones to the artists musical spectrum therefore including PopAmbient or Post-PostRock as provided by early works by Klimek and the likes of. And these first four tracks basicly set the mood for what is to come throughout the further course of the album, a piece not necessarily adding anything new to the Ambient spectrum overall but one that is masterly crafted in both its contemporary aspects as well as in paying homage to the aforementioned pioneers of the genre which also happens in the well-epic tune "In Conversation" and therefore is defo a worthwhile addition to any Ambient / ChillOut collection for a reason.


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