Lieven Martens – Insular Monographs
Magnetic, soul-enriching sound rays emanate from these Dolphins into the Future recordings, as well as salty, balmy air, rainbow reflections, and the potent hush of the sea's gentle side. There's a warm low-fi quality that doesn't distract but rather further enmeshes the listener into the atmosphere.
Insular monographs is composed of two albums. The first is Ke Ala Ke Kua, recorded during July in the Kealakekua Bay and the islands of Hawai'i and Oahu. The second is Canto Arquipelago, captured under a volcano on Pico Island. They serve as an intravenous channel of calm, ushering in details of tropical life in conversation with playful percussion: birdchirp, cricket tone, wind through bushes.
The monophonic recording and low-fi quality accent the wabi-sabi beauty of the recordings, conveying the "wisdom in natural simplicity." Though they were made nearly ten years ago, they remain timelessly serene and ever-renewing with each new listen. Lieven Martens views them as recent historical remnants and writes, "On two occasions I couldn’t resist and changed small parts to make the music conceptually just. Rest assured I did leave many flaws and little mistakes untouched; since the beauty of a truth is shining through its flaws."
Brought to us by Edições CN in a lovely library case, limited to an edition of 150 copies. It's nearly sold out on bandcamp at the time of writing this, so get it while you can!