While the days are getting shorter and the ice cream trucks creep through the neighborhoods playing their siren songs with dwindling frequency, we here at Nueva Forma are taking advantage of the lengthening nights of September to bring you more great music out of the darkness. New additions to our catalog this month include releases by roster members Miori and Lapse. Drink up, ladies and gentlemen…
Miori - I Have No Memory Of This Place
Imagine Aaron Sjogren, aka Miori, as your tour guide through an ethereal, illusory land. I Have No Memory of This Place has this sense about it. Miori invites the listener into his domain with open arms for a half-hour exploration of its terrain and inhabitants: mellow grooves, eerie synth patches, acousmatic layering, a filtered and detached voice surfacing here and there. A timeless sense of music emerges from the album as tracks fade in and out, swirling in the atmosphere of its planet. You may find the title fitting as everything feels new while at the same time familiar and comfortable. Sjogren is the conduit, not the architect. Let him show you what he has found. Samples are available here and the full 11-track album is up for purchase at shopnuevaforma.com.
Lapse - The Living Lucid
If you want to witness, in a single sitting, the budding and decay of a flower, or perhaps someone driving from Los Angeles to New York City, check out the art of time-lapse photography. If you want to listen to a composer who can successfully and coherently develop a single track through a multitude of concise musical themes, look no further than Lapse. The Living Lucid is not exactly what you’d expect from an IDM artist. Straying from pop sensibilities, the ten cuts on this release have deeper bows to improvising jazz artists of the mid-20th century than to the more immediate predecessors of techno and glitch. Strong polyrhythmic layers permeate the electronic beats while the guitar-driven melodies wander freely from one idea to the next in a stream-of-consciousness bliss. Listen to segmented motifs here and head on over to shopnuevaforma.com for your unabridged version.
Insert your earbuds and enjoy. And while you are doing so, check back for the next installment of our podcast, Listening Pleasures Vol. 9, coming to a music player near you, in a time near now. See you soon!