Environs is out now, to purchase a copy go to Alrealon Musique
Thanks go out to Dylan for the album artwork, Mat and Mike for the words, Greg, Ken and Gary for the loan of the ears, my wife Carrie for putting up with me and everybody else that has supported me recently, DIL, Hollis, Graham, Sherlock, everybody at Alrealon, The FM Team . . The list goes on, if i have missed you it is not intentional, Thank You All
For his Environs album LAICA continues the less-is-more path trodden on his earlier works. Where previously he was removing melody leaving just a smudged and faded memory - with Environs he has taken his sound a step further, removing instrumentation all together.
Built entirely from field recordings, the composite sounds of his album have been edited, looped, treated to layers of reverb, run through various resonators, sped up, slowed down, stretched, granulated and eroded - creating an entirely new environment.
Mike Darkfloor/Mat Audio Journal
‘Environs’ is a real headphones-in-the-dark album; a work to mull over and return to repeatedly.
It has a hermetic structural logic all its own, a puzzle to unlock; avant-electronica that makes the listener do some of the hard work. An intelligent, mature and engaging album.
It's a listen and a half, in a good way. Like turning page after page of shocking prose.
The excerpt sounds a bit like Burial with the garage beats and chipmunk vocals stripped out, which is ideal for me because those bits get kind of annoying.