“Maps of reason” in SoWhat

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[krysalisound] Attraverso l’infinito paesaggio della mente, alla deriva tra ammalianti visioni traboccanti di malinconico incanto. Si rinnova il sodalizio artistico tra David Gutman e Giovanni La Placa, percorso condiviso sotto la denominazione Tropic of Coldness improntato alla definizione di cinematici flussi sensoriali che giunge alla realizzazione del suo sesto tassello. Ripartendo dagli algidi territori esplorati […]

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“Maps of reason” in Music won’t save you

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TROPIC OF COLDNESS – Maps Of Reason (KrysaliSound, 2019) Quattro tracce di lunghezza omogenea, intorno ai dieci minuti ciascuna, si adattano alla perfezione a riempire le due facciate di un vinile, il primo prodotto dall’etichetta KrysaliSound, curata da Francis M. Gri e ormai da qualche anno affermatasi quale interessante polo d’attrazione di una ricerca elettro-acustica […]

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“Last Goodbye” in Ver Sacrum

Hirotaka Shirotsubaki è un musicista ambient proveniente da Kobe in Giappone. Come molti altri interpreti del genere, la sua ipirazione provengono dall’ambiente circostante in cui vive: è influenzato sia dalla città sia dalla natura. Il Giappone è una terra piena di contraddizioni in cui convivono tradizione e modernità. La musica di Hirotaka Shirotsubaki è quanto di più quieto e rilassante mi sia mai capitato di ascoltare in quest’ambito. Ora l’etichetta italiana KrysaliSound pubblica il suo nuovo album intitolato Last Goodbye. Fin dalla raffinata copertina siamo proeiettati in un’atmosfera rilassata che evoca lo splendore della natura. Per creare la sua musica usa suoni “trattati” di chitarra: l’effetto è ipnotico e riesce realmente a far viaggiare la mente in un’altra dimensione cosmica. La struttura è molto minimale ed è basata su loop circolare di chitarra: sicuramente  Shirotsubaki  ha fatto sua la storica lezione “eniana” rielaborandola con la sua sensibilità. E’ una musica descrittiva che dipinge paesaggi onirici e invita l’ascoltatore a riempire i vuoti con la sua fantasia. Se ci si immerge nell’ascolto in profondità si riesce realmente a fare un viaggio catartico visualizzando momenti della propria esistenza che sembravano perduti. Si tratta di un disco perfetto per “staccare la spina” e rimuovere le cattive vibrazioni. Se amate il lavoro di musicisti come Vidna Obmana, A Produce e Mathias Grassow sicuramente apprezzerete “Last Goodbye!”. La musica ambient ha fatto ormai molta strada ed è un bene che continuino a uscire prodotti come questo. Consigliato ai viaggiatori cosmici. Disponibile su Bandcamp: https://krysalisound.bandcamp.com/album/last-goodbye.

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“Maps of reason” in Gezeitenstrom

Ätherische Klanglandschaften

Ende März erscheint für alle Freunde des verträumten Ambient ein echter Hörgenuss. Vielleicht ist man schon mal über den Namen Tropic of Coldness gestolpert in diesem Musikbereich, denn das Duo angesiedelt in Brüssel hat schon einige Jahre mit ihrer Klangästhetik auf einem ziemlich hohen Niveau abgeliefert. Nun muss man dazu auch sagen, dass in diesem Musikgenre ein dichtes Gedränge gibt und viele Künstler ihre eigene Interpretation immer wieder gerne in ihrer Musik ausdrücken. Tropic of Coldness mögen zwar auch im direkten Sinne keine Pioniere sein, doch welche Klanglandschaften auf der neuen Platte „Maps of reason“ zu entdecken sind, ist schon sehr beeindruckend.

Tropic of Coldness ist ein Duo, welches im Herbst 2011 vom Amerikaner David und den Italiener Giovanni in Brüssel gegründet wurde. Die zwei sind auch in unterschiedlichen Formation in ihrer Heimat zu finden. Die erste EP mit dem Titel “Commuting” erschien 2012 und wurde von Presse und Hörer gleichermaßen lobend aufgenommen. Das letzte Werk von den Beiden war das Album „Framed Waves“ aus dem letzten Jahr. Der eingeschlagene Stil und die Wurzeln der beiden Musiker liegt in der Elektroakustik, verzweigt in die Musikbereiche von Ambient und Drone, mit leichten Nuancen aus dem experimentellen mit expressionistischen Rahmen. Leise und vertraut vermag diese Musik in die tiefste Ecke der Seele vorzudringen.

Beschaulichen Klanglandschaften

Wie zu erwarten verschachteln die Zwei in ihren Kompositionen viele Elemente aus den Musikbereichen zu einem homogenen Klanggefüge. Den akustischen Rahmen bilden strukturierte Schichten auf dem Synthesizer, melodische Facetten, die zur Klangästhetik mutieren können. Darüber thronen die Gitarreneffekte, lange nachhallende Reverbs der Gitarren, gepaart mit Delays. Hinzu kommen marginale Kulissen aus Geräuschen und Feldaufnahmen. Die daraus resultierenden Klangfarben besitzen einen verträumten und ätherischen Anstrich, der so unvergleichlich ist in diesem Musikbereich und es schafft, viele Hörer immer wieder auf das Neue und seinen Bann zu ziehen. Die Musik ist ruhig und gedankenverloren, mit leichter Melancholie durchzogen. Die Zwei schaffen es mit ihrer Musik, sphärische Augenblicke zu kreieren, die sehr bedächtig und ausgeglichen zum Reflektieren einladen.

Diese eingängigen Melodien sind sehr emotional geprägt und finden in einigen Songs geradezu ihren Zenit. Trotzdem fällt es schwer, einzelne Stücke auf dem Album hervorzuheben, denn Maps of reason ist als Gesamtwerk anzusehen. Knapp 40 Minuten lang darf man daher seinen Gefühlen zu der Musik freien Lauf lassen. Harmonie und emotionale Feinfühligkeit sind auf allen vier Songs der ausschlaggebende Aspekt. Ja, es sind zwar nur vier Stücke auf dem Album zu finden, doch mit Spiellängen meist um die 10 Minuten hat man genug Zeit, sich treiben zu lassen von einer Mischung aus gefühlvoller Romantik mit lakonischen Tangenten. Teils friedvoll agieren die Klanglandschaften und decken einen sanft wie eine warme Decke ein.

Auch wenn das Duo rund um Tropic of Coldness das Rad im Musikbereich sicher nicht neu erfindet, so ist Maps of reason doch ein solides Album im Genre geworden. Mit seinen beschaulichen Klanglandschaften bauen die Beiden einen Dom aus Entspannung und meditativen Gleichgewicht im Inneren der Seele. Daher ist die Mischung aus Ambient und Drone-Aspekten durchaus eine Erfahrung, die man gerne als Hörer macht. Veröffentlicht wird das Album am 31. März 2019 über das Label KrysaliSound. Das Bild stammt von der Webseite Fluid-Radio.

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Tropic of Coldness “Maps of reason” is now available in store in digital format and vinyl.

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Every little step is a brick added to a house under construction. In 2010 I created Krysalisound to publish my own works, then in 2016 I opened the doors to other artists releasing short runs in eco-friendly editions and now, almost ten years after the opening, I am proud to present the first vinyl in a home that  is taking shape more and more each day. And I’m very happy to publish the first vinyl with what I consider, up until now, the masterpiece of Tropic of Coldness. 
“Maps of reason” is the new album by the duo Gutman / La Placa, a mature work of rare sensitivity that manages to combine all the nuances of the soul as points of a map that every human being hides inside. A deep and layered album that struck me from the first moment and that continues to affect me with new details that emerge with each listening. 
There are works that are born perfectly aligned with the creative flow, capable with their inspiring charge of really carrying the listener to far away places. I believe that “Maps of reason” has this inner strength and in a world so overflowing with soulless music it is truly an unexpected gift. 

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“Maps of reason” in Fluid Radio

Most Ambient of the present minute is precluded on one map of reason that relates to the ontology of the self. What does that mean Age, demographic, production time, together time, creation processes, and infinite gestures from a finite Drone void, in other words – a “map of reason”. But that’s just one map of reason, and a complex map. How do we make the map further simplified? The answer would seem to lie in the relationship each individual has with the specific music, the map in question, to use appropriate metaphor. This is what Tropic Of Coldness invite us to do here.

First of all, the vinyl artwork is sublime; a sort of intersexual build of male / ectomorph female vulnerability sitting in an upright, almost foetal pose. This calls to mind the labyrinths of the mind ToC are so good at swimming through with their hazy Robin Guthrie-esque guitars and swathes of delays and feedback trails. And that would seem their own ontology, a “reason for a map”, if you will. I am not inclined to read what their idea of a map here is about; I would rather the music dictate to me a perception, because music foretells so much more than words ever can. That said, there is a backstory behind this record, like most records. And at any extent, it sounds incredibly well produced. Just take “The Beauty And The Meaning”, track one, an achingly beautiful navel-gaze into an ever-circling storm in a tea cup.

Meanwhile, “Maps Of Reason” further in (but only track two) is a return to the form “Demography Of Data” left us with as a whole LP. Navel gazing is at once centred as it is permeate; looking around while listening to sounds similar to this creates a huge, mundane anti-nausea. The mundanity of it is to compliment it in my case – my meaning of mundane is “functional, precise” and not the other way round. Not boring. Not half-finished. This stuff is brilliantly formed and well-edited, like a densely packed novel that could do with some fleshing out to embrace the moments – and the navel gazing – as deeply as the navel will allow.

Talking a titter, when one (an Ambient producer, or whatnot) goes beyond the functional, music becomes artsy, opaque and like it is intended to needing adjustment to, to be naturally awkward. The “Art/alternative” style sections in record stores, however appreciated they are, are the opposite of what I look for in records, and the opposite of what ToC offer. ToC offer great music – just like on “The Loss Of Empathy”. And they do not need any labels to say “screw you mainstream, like me or lump me”.

It’s never been about that for mature musicians. Of course, when you’re a teen, just starting out, it’s the kind of thing you do, you have a chip on your shoulder, and a frown as big as a boulder. Ambient for me never needed to do that – if you want to frown, go to noise parties or Skrillex brostep nights. Tropic Of Coldness, like Rameses III before them, do not like to play for too long in one go. It could actually be wagered it’s because music like this is so affecting, at times sad, but in true meaning deep and not weird at all, just deep. It’s perfect music for a lazy evening bath.

Closing piece “Diving For Pearls” to me understates the real meaning behind this album, the entirety is a large pearl of wisdom, never caught inside the clam, left to roll out on the ocean floor and find new hydrated horizons eventually, washed up on a shore. But far from being musically washed up, this is essentially the breakthrough record for Tropic Of Coldness, and they could not have chosen a better label to release this on than KrysaliSound. It’s the sound of it, just the sound of it. The music, the label, is the map, the reason. When you have true reason to do anything, that’s when you feel like you’ve achieved something.

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