• Distribution,  Vinyl

    Wind Atlas ‎– Arche-Fossil (Vinyl, LP)


    Wind Atlas – Arche-Fossil (Vinyl, LP)
    Label: Cønjuntø Vacíø ‎– Ø-55
    Format: Vinyl, LP
    Country: Spain
    Released: 20 Mar 2020
    Style: Experimental, Industrial, Ambient, Abstract, IDM

    Arche-Fossil (Cønjuntø Vacíø, 2020) is Wind Atlas’ fourth record, which sees the band pushing the boundaries of their own music as genres such as post-industrial electronics, ambient, noise and popular mediterranean music merge, bringing to life a hybrid and intense album.

    The gestation process of Arche-Fossil began even before the publication of An Edible Body (2018). With that record, the band changed members and ventured into more electronic territories by using drum machines and synths that still fit their ritual post-punk sound. After two years spent working on this new record, these electronic landscapes have taken over their music.

    Arche-Fossil was almost entirely recorded by themselves at their home studio and finished at Maik Mayer’s recording studio with Sergio Pérez. It collects the songs that represent the band’s work over the last two years and that best reflect the issues that weave the whole record regarding the relationship between human beings and reality. Is it possible to know an uninterpretable reality? What is knowing? How does the relationship between human beings and reality work? These questions inform a series of songs that produce a voice that continuously muses on what it perceives and the ways in which it does.



    Hunger opens the record amidst a thunder of abstract sounds and a viscous bass loop. By using samples from M. E. S. H.’s “Optimate”, which forms the noisy basis of the song, Hunger approaches more experimental electronic terrains. This song revolves not only around an insatiable and uninhibited hunger for finding new ways of saying and being in the world, but also around an enormous emptiness.

    The monumental track Where Nothing Happens explores empty spaces and everything that happens within them when something–a step, a voice, an object–interrupts their eternal being, thus generating new meanings between these spaces and that which suddenly inhabits them.

    In Dos Ojos, the band continues navigating electronic landscapes, this time through Spanish traditional and oral literature. They follow this path further in Esta Despedida, where the vocals use one single sentence to unsay: “Todos los nombres van a morir a ti.” (“You are where all names go to die”) From then onwards, the vocals employ a form of glossolalia as a tool to continue uttering after the death of meaning that they have previously announced. Likewise, Days of Sadness, a free adaptation of Galician poet José Ángel Valente’s poem “Latitud”, pays homage to the language of the unsaid, which has heavily influenced Wind Atlas’ discourse over the years.

    That Mouth emerges as a dramatic effect when the record has managed to hypnotize us. Trance and an industrial sound meet amidst MS20 roars and a beat going over 140bpm. Metallic blows and the sound of chains burst in, creating rhythmic patterns over a bass drum that pushes forward.

    The eeriest and most beautiful moments appear on the record’s B-side. Such moments come to life in tracks like Oceanic Sexuality or the closer Do You Have a House?, along with the experimental Nada, in which, by only utilizing noise, Wind Atlas create a sonic collage poem that draws from power-electronics. Here, some of the band’s recurring themes reemerge: emptiness, water, and the body.

    In Arche-Fossil, Wind Atlas continue exploring some of the paths they began mapping with their previous record. This time, however, they manage to approach the heterogeneous in a much more certain and lucid manner, without ever stopping wondering about their own voice.

    Andrea P. Latorre: vocals
    Sergi Algiz: electronics and guitar
    Raúl Q. de Orte: Synths
    Raul Pérez: drums

    Recorded by the band and final recordings at Maik Maier Studios (Barcelona) by Sergio Pérez. Mixed by Sergio Pérez and mastered by Stephen Quinn at Analogue Heart (UK). Art photos by Àlex Sardà. Artwork by David M. Romero.

  • CD,  GH Records

    Wind Atlas ‎– Lingua Ignota


    Wind Atlas – Lingua Ignota
    Label: Gradual Hate Records ‎– GH139 CD, Twilight Records ‎– TW 1.156
    Format: CD, Album
    Country: Spain
    Released: June 2018
    Style: Darkwave, Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Post-Punk, Experimental

    Buy Digital Download → Lingua Ignota | Wind Atlas | GH Records (bandcamp.com)

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    Recorded and mixed by Javier Ortiz Fullton at Estudios Brazil in december 2014. Studio Assistant: Marcos Bandera. Mastered at Yves Roussel Mastering by Yves Roussel in january 2015. Cover art is “Magic Circle” (1886) by John William Waterhouse. Artwork designed by Raúl Q. de Orte.

    Credits
    Backing Vocals – Raúl Pérez Pérez, Raúl Q. De Orte, Sergi Alejandre
    Bass – Iván Montero
    Bouzouki – Sergi Alejandre
    Drums – Raúl Pérez Pérez
    Guitar – Sergi Alejandre
    Lead Vocals – Andrea Pérez
    Mastered By – Ives Roussel
    Mixed By – Javier Ortiz
    Recorded By – Javier Ortiz
    Santoor – Raúl Pérez Pérez
    Synth – Raúl Q. De Orte

    Wind Atlas’ music has gained in nuances, drifting smoothly from dark dream-pop and new-wave passages (which remind us of Dead Can Dance) to gloomy postpunk atmospheres similar to those of Crispy Ambulance, Durruti Column or In Camera.
    Music to think of an unknown continent, to look for the lost alchemical formula, to eventually discover Talos the robot hurling rocks at the Argonauts. Music that requires to do nothing but listen, a task that nowadays appears almost impossible.

    The message is conveyed in an imagined language from a terra incognita, the lingua ignota. Each song is like an accent or a period, like a comma, a verse, a whole chapter of a liturgical chant. Gibberish for those who relish the best soundtrack by Basil Poledouris and the 4AD catalogue.

    The album was recorded in Estudio Brazil (Madrid) with Javier Ortiz and mastered in Yves Roussel Mastering (Barcelona).

    “Wind Atlas, if “Ecdisis” is any indication, sound a bit like Sioux Sioux after the Banshees broke up, if she had gone in a more interesting direction. Or maybe if Peter Murphy had started a project with Sioux Sioux? Something like that. Truth is, it doesn’t matter once those early Edge/Chameleons guitars, full of melodic urgency despite their simplicity, hit; the ritualistic feel of the backing turns up their immediacy even more, to the point where the whole composition seems to depend on them.

    But that voice, ringing through the ether, also needs something, anything, to happen, lest the sands of time swallow her whole. It’s a mystical, otherworldly trip…“

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    La música de Wind Atlas es rica en detalles, deslizándose refinadamente de oscuros pasajes dream pop new wave (que bien traen a la memoria a Dead can Dance) a la bruma de atmósferas postpunk que podían hacer grupos como Crispy Ambulance, Durruti Column o In camera.

    Música para pensar en un continente no conocido, buscando una formula alquímica perdida, y acabar descubriendo al robot de Talos apedreando argonautas. Mejor dejémoslo así, en no hacer nada mientras se escucha, una tarea que se nos plantea hoy en día imposible.

    El mensaje se proyecta en un idioma imaginado de una terra incógnita, la lengua ignota. Cada canción es como una tilde o un punto, como una coma, un versículo, un capitulo entero de un canto litúrgico. Un galimatías entre quienes disfrutan de la mejor banda sonora compuesta por Basil Poledouris y el catalogo de 4AD.

    1.Eurydice’s Chant 02:38
    2.Sound Of Gold, Rhythm Of Jade 05:17
    3.The Sun Rises 03:47
    4.Hylé 02:40
    5.Stalker 05:13
    6.The Goddess Is Where It Is Venerated 05:43
    7.Ecdisis 04:44
    8.Demona 06:35
    9.The Joy Of The Auloniad 02:30