Cronica celebrates their 50th release with L, a compilation pairing 18 Cronica artists into collaborations. This results in 9 new compositions, exploring various facets of the labelâ€™s approach to hazy, electro-acoustic sound art.
While itâ€™s difficult to pin Cronica down to a distinct sound, the artists here chiefly work in drones, in which field recording plays a significant part. And the quality is high throughout, from the motorised whine and static pops of Gilles Aubry and Paulo Raposoâ€™s â€˜Forms of Suspensionâ€™ through to the floor-shaking low-end rumble of Pure and Duran Vazquezâ€™ aptly titled â€˜Stoormâ€™.. Marc Behrens and Cem Guney employ an industrial grind, dappled in random clicks and glitch in â€˜Mouth to Mouseâ€™. Ran Slavin and Vitor Joaquimâ€™s â€˜Voices Over Waterâ€™ is predictably aquatic, waves of bass lapping against reverberant clanging and submerged voices.
Both Janek Schaeffer and Stephan Mathieuâ€™s collaborations, with Enrico Coniglio and Piotr Kurek respectively, explore sounds familiar from their own collaboration Hidden Name, all rich, billowing synthetic drones, but theyâ€™re just out-blissed by bucolic closer â€˜Reve Generalâ€™ by The Beautiful Schizophrenic and Tuâ€™M. Best of all though is Lawrence English and Stephen Vitielloâ€™s â€˜Circles of Twineâ€™, a gorgeous evocation of a sub-tropical setting, sparse piano laid over the chirrup of birds and insects, cloaked in a dank forest glow. All great tracks. Joshua Meggitt
via Cyclic Defrost