Sunday, January 23, 2022

Maria Moles - For Leolanda [Room 40 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the Australian Ambient and beyond staple Room 40 on January 28th, 2k22 is "For Leolanda", the latest longplay outing created by Melbourne's Maria Moles. For this album the composer and percussionist drew influences from Philippinian Kulitang music throughout the ongoing lockdown situation in Australia, musically reconnecting with her ancestral rootings in the multi-island state and fusing those with her own, more modernistic approach to composing and arranging music. The result is a four tracks and roughly 37 minutes spanning journey which is not only providing direct connections to Moles' family history and other Philippinian references in its tracks names but also directly incorporates reprocessed samples from Philippinian music in some pieces, bringing forward a landscape of calming, most beautiful streams of ethereal Ambient pads in combination with deep, chiming, free floating and improvised rhythmic motifs derived from singing bowls as well as thrilling, dancefloor friendly Future Tribal cuts ("In Pan-As") which are well able to rock crowds when integrated into advanced Bass Music festivals sets, intricate layers of hypnotic, slightly 90s leaning ChillOut / Deep Listening Music ("Mansaka") as well as more uplifting and positive, yet still traditionally influenced, ever meandering percussions accompanied by tender, atmospheric droning to be found in the concluding cut that is "Distant Hills". Deep Listening Music for those in the know. Check.


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