Figure from ground — figure from ground
Game of life label
Claude Alduos sent me some review material!!!!
Interestingly, all tracks on this release were recorded live. Whether that means with an audience, or live in the studio I am not aware, but it most definitely sounds live. Whatever that means. The opening riff to "April 1 no. 4" sounds like an effected guitar but could just as well be a synth. What instrument it is doesn't matter as much as what it sounds like. To me it sounds like a high-pitched upright bass, that insists on not playing the bass role in the song. Synths enter one by one to remind me it is probably a synthetic bass sound too, and continues to drone on until the end, adding layers and layers until it echoes out in what sounds almost like a human voice. i'd like to know what synths they used for this, it most definitely doesn't sound synthetic. "April 7 no. 1" and "April no. 4" are more ambient pieces with metallic springlike sounds and LFO's. It sounds much older than it is. I read on the Bandcamp page these are 2019 New Yorkers, but could just as easily be Berliners from 1978. It has a krautrock feel to me. Especially bringing Faust to mind. At first glance I think they achieved this by using old Moog synths and the like, but as they say most of it is in the fingers, and they might just as well be using analog ribbon synths from last year. The way it is balanced in the headphones is quite interesting. Just when I start to expect the next move, it changes and does something weird in the left earphone, which travels to the right. "January 20 no.2" starts off with what sounds like field recordings of industrial machines, but soon breaks up with sounds of raindrops. At least it sounds to me like raindrops onto a manhole. There's something very large about this piece. Large like a big city, not large like a symphony. The use of reverb and delay almost turning into feedback is very interesting, and just before it breaks into the noise territory it is interrupted by a bass frequency like a kick drum. The same goes for the last piece, "January 27 no.2" which sounds like a rainy day in the country, and I think this is a good piece to go out on. All in all this is a great ambient album you can listen to while having dinner, or while having illegal drugs. Which is a very rare quality in an album. I think only Vivaldi's Four Seasons has that same quality.