Saturday, April 16, 2022

Lawrence English - Viento [Room40 Promo]

Put on the digital and CD circuit via Lawrence English' very own Room40 imprint on April 8th, 2k22 is "Viento", his roughly 36 minutes spanning two track album dealing with Field Recordings of blizzards in both Patagonia and Antarctica which has been previously released on longplay vinyl format via the Minnesota-based label Taiga Records in 2k15. Originally recorded in 2k10 whilst being stuck in Argentina on a trip down to Antarctica due to adverse weather conditions the first half of the album - "Viento (Patagonia)" - is quite a brutal, almost Industrial-leaning affair with heavy gusts of wind and prominently battered metal pieces providing an unsettling and powerful reminder of the true force of nature unleashed whilst "Viento (Antarctica)" is an overall calmer, measured and uniform recording with its constantly droning winds and seemingly wooden sheets and sticks rattling, accompanied by faint occasional beeps and sines of probably artificial, yet totally unknown and unidentifiable origin. One for all die hard fans of unprocessed FoundSound and Field Recordings, this.


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