Friday, March 11, 2022

Ale Hop - Why Is It They Say A City Like Any City? [Karlrecords 087 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via Karlrecords as the labels 087 on February 4th, 2k22 is "Why Is It They Say A City Like Any City?", the latest album effort by the ever active Berlin-based Peruvian Alejandra Cardenas, better known to many under her artistic moniker that is Ale Hop. With a total of six tracks spread out over a little more than 38 minutes, another highly advanced conceptual approach to geographic space this time induced by the restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic as well as a multiple set of virtual collaborators all over the globe Ale Hop provides a diverse and widely varied album rooted deep within the digital domain, with Spoken Word elements deeply embedded in brittle, glistening Ambient sequences evoking memories of the hyper-abstract works of also Berlin-based producer Bad Stream at times, at others drifting off into heart-felt, maritime melancholia induced by elegic violin playing ("Mayu Islapi") whilst pieces like "They Thought Of Themselves" are fusing various Field Recordings with tender electronic textures to form our personal favorite bit of Minimalist Listening Music on this longplayer alongside the almost collag'esque, dubbed out and slightly psychedelic ChillOut goodness that us "Chiapas Y Phinaya" just to name a few. Interesting stuff.


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