Landru – Fimbria [AOR0007]

FimbriaFimbria is the latest exploration of Landru into ambient realms, a step forward into complex textures and vibrating grooves from a very personal perspective.

The tracks collected in this album presents a priscine production and a deep development on te creation of textures, loops and unique sounds, intrinsic factors in the music of Landru.

All tracks written, com posed and performed by Landru
Produced and m astered by Landru at Atavachron Studios, Barcelona
Cover artwork design and images by Landru
℗ © 2012 by landru

Track list
1.-Corrosion12:03
2.-Substantia Nigra5:19
3.-Echoes 4:05
4.-The Passage 2:02
5.-Cosmic Strings7:32
6.-Miñaco6:21
7.-Amalgam4:31
8.-Katabatic Wind6:07
9.-Fimbria6:59
10.-The Last Quelonid5:38
11.-Melted Stone7:06
Complete set: 67:43

Available at Bandcamp

Review by Richard Gürtler

Landru is Patxi Hernández, one of driving forces behind Altera Orbe label, and “Fimbria” is his second solo ambient installment, released during September 2012. “Fimbria” comes as CDr edition packaged in elegant digipak.

“Corrosion” unfolds the album and dives straightly into shadowy cavernous realms. Eerie, but richly organic-flavored ambience is melted with diverse distinguishing industrial and cybernetic fragments, some of them more harmonious while some others more discordant, with 12 minutes the longest composition on “Fimbria”. “Substantia Nigra” keeps its synergetic path melting darkly spiraling pads, sparse future-tech elements with the sounds of flowing water. “Echoes” remain in subterranean domains, but comprise a quite hymnic drone. “The Passage”, as its title suggests, is a shorter transitional number, where frightening zones are merged with otherworldly voice-like sounds and swirling effects, quite unique piece. “Cosmic Strings” bridge deep drones with various sharp dissonances and low primal rumbles. Again remaining rather sparse and weird, but strongly effective.

“Miñaco” attracts with its semi-rhythmed cyberscape, sculpted with razor sharp whip sound effects and distant rumbles and winds. It gets closer to cybernetic-flavored first album “Neurotransmitters”. And this future-tech sound can be explored also through “Amalgam”, a composition of hazed, but vibrant technoscape crossed with cyber noises. However, “Katabatic Wind” quickly soars to wondrous primordial worlds with graciously floating and pleasantly soothing dreamscapes. A truly immersing composition, which grows on me with every repeated listen. The title composition “Fimbria” unfolds with the interplay of denser, high-tech soundscapes and water sound effects, but later cascades into hypnotically coiling and mid-paced, pulsing grooves. Electrifying cyber-tech escapade!!!

“The Last Quelonid” integrates again various future-tech effects, rumbles and relaxing nature sounds, surrounded by immense sacral washes with ethereal choir-like essence. “Melted Stone” opens with deeply absorbing atmozones enriched sparkling noises, but the journey is soon stolen by spiraling, crystalline electro pulses, which transform this composition into steadily living and breathing trajectory, masterfully backed by mesmerizingly flowing water soundscapes. Absolutely brilliant finale!!! “Fimbria” is another freshly vital, adventurously sculpted and hauntingly distinctive work by this potential Spaniard, who is not afraid of searching his own pathway. And by the time I am completing these lines, a brand new album “Scotoma” has been released on Altera Orbe, so I really look forward to more exciting endeavors from Landru!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 20, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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