Alex Albrecht returns to the Analogue Attic imprint this October under his MelquiÌades guise; delivering a five-track package in the shape of ‘Lanterns’.
Albrecht explains “The concept is a continuation of my last release with AAR and aims to take the listener on a journey to a strange place – Falling asleep, it leads one down a rainy, lantern-lit path and into another world.
At the end of the record, the listener is finally awoken by a familiar voice.”
All of the compositions are improvised explorations with field recordings at their core as the framework.
‘Lanterns Pt. 1 & Pt. 2’ lead, easing you into the project with swirling, hazy atmospherics and ethereal piano melodies floating atop rounded subs and soft percussion.
‘Neon Canal’ follows, bringing the rhythm to the forefront whilst bubbling bell chimes, warm chords and expansive delays ebb and flow within.
Up next is a Balearic tinged cut employing off-kilter organic percussion, soft guitar licks and airy atmospherics before ‘Embers ft. James Harbard’ strips things back to floaty chords, bumpy drums and jazzy guitar melodies subtly unfolding throughout.
‘Federation Bells’ then rounds out the release on beatless tip, laid out over six minutes with otherworldly tones, melancholic piano chords and textural.