Lost Tribe Sound
Perhaps the most comforting textures out of any of Irisarri solo releases. No less enjoyable than the more intense side of his catalog. Irisarri may have single handedly made me a drone convert.
Rafael Anton Irisarri continues his string of post-minimalist releases with his third for Umor Rex: El Ferrocarril Desvaneciente. While composed as an ode to an overnight train journey through Spain he took many years ago, the music picks up sonically where his previous album Sirimiri left off. Irisarri focuses on deploying sonic cycles throughout these four shorter pieces, basing much of this sweeping ambience around looped sounds and distant pulses. The sound is however kept in a state of forward motion and constant evolution, invoking the slowly rumbling night train that inspired it —not to mention its cargo of misfits and travelers. Irisarri’s skill, set as a manipulator of minimal sound input, is at full strength here, imbuing even shorter pieces such as “El Espectro Electromagnético,” with chasms slowly cresting drama. The phantasmagoria of “Un Saltador” was even composed as a departure for him, toying with synths and pedals in a “modular kind of way,” letting an experiment unfold with minimal interaction.
Inspired by musical storytellers such as Lee Hazelwood, Lou Reed, or Leonard Cohen, his music is transforming into something closer to narrative ––“storytelling without words,” as he puts it; “lyrical without lyrics”. His music hasn’t sounded as hopeful as it does on El Ferrocarril Desvaneciente for quite some time. The outward-looking despair of 2017’s The Shameless Yearsand the sorrowful introversion of Sirimiri have both been usurped by dreamy anecdotage. As with Sirimiri, it’s Irisarri’s intention that the El Ferrocarril Desvaneciente’s songs play out as a one long repetition, and thus we include again a bonus track comprising the full 22-minute loop.
released October 27, 2018
Written, performed, mixed & mastered
by Rafael Anton Irisarri at www.blackknollstudio.com
(New York). Winter 2018.
Design by Daniel Castrejón.
Photo by Diego Berruecos.
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I can't put into words how it feels to listen to this album. The sensation of increasing anxiety and dread throughout the stages is unique. It makes me want to keep listening and theorizing about what's happening in the songs, especially in the post-awareness stages. D0DGAMES
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Listened to this on the plane and transformed my flight. Others looked at me and fell silent. Babies stopped crying. Flight attendants paused in the aisle. The pilot spoke over the intercom but said nothing.
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During the final days of writing my thesis I listened to this album on repeat for hours at a time. It was like being suspended in one eternal moment while all that changed around me were the ripples and eddies of a slowly meandering river. catharina_bee