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Lorenzo Montanà : phase IX (CD)

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Tracks

01 Land’s End
02 Glopsyche Eclipse
03 Dhalg Fu
04 Mirror of Consciousness
05 Fall’s Odyssey
06 Ura Senxet
07 Opal Cave
08 Naadmir
09 Strings of Patience

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Limited edition of 300.

First 100 purchases get a phase IX download card included in the package with your order

Phase IX is Italian soundcomposer Lorenzo Montanà’s first American release. These electronic, ambient mindscapes form nine phases of a trip of the psyche. Lorenzo focuses on the floating/experimental side of his work as heard on his collaboration with Alio Die, Holographic Codex (Projekt, 2015); it’s a downtempo evolution on his fifteen previous albums, including work on the famed German Fax label where he published his first CD (Black Ivy, 2009) and the 5-CD Labyrinth collaboration series with Pete Namlook.

Lorenzo’s sonorities are created by a network of electronica, field recordings, hang drum, cello and piano. A 62-minute surrealistic journey of sound, Phase IX is not so much the product of physical actions as the translations of internal thought currents into autonomous sonic spheres that detail the surroundings with an organic link to nature and its purest interiors. Cold northern forests, fog and ancient ruins, mysterious environments among ornate atmospheres, religious mysticism and minimalism, these nine tracks are the soundtrack for a film that doesn’t yet exist. From within the mist appear two tracks taking a more solid form (“Mirror of Consciousness” in the middle of the release and “Naadmir” one track from the end) with stepped sequencer and 70’s spacerock textures forming crescendos with the album’s constant flow of deep and dark waters.

Phase IX is a solitary walk through forgotten paths, an ambient symphony where acoustic and electronic elements weld alchemical joints obtained through complex design. Indulging in a deep haze, darkness and perfumes between sacred and profane, this is dream-infused music traveling the synapses of the mind firing sonic beauty along the way.

ARTIST BIO: Lorenzo Montanà is an Italian soundtrack composer, sound engineer and producer. He started in the nineties producing & arranging more than 40 albums with several artists across the electronic, ambient, IDM, jazz, classical and rock genres. His meticulous production style finds a complex balance between melody and intricate beats. In fact, his work with the singer Tying Tiffany as T.T.L. (Through The Lens) landed their song “Deep Shadow” in The Hunger Games movie trailer. There is a cinematic aspect to Lorenzo’s works where the cinema, of course, is often in your mind.

Release Date: Marcy 17 2017

Weight .3 lbs
Artist

Lorenzo Montanà

Format

CD in 4-panel DigiPak

Label

Projekt

Release Year

2017

Reviews

  1. Reviews Editor

    Review  –:

    From Tiny Mix Tapes

    I have always had a lot of trouble falling asleep. As a result, I’ve spent much of my life listening to ambient music. When insomnia hits, sometimes even the most bare hint of a melody or a rhythm can be enough to keep one’s mind racing through the night. In my own experience, if you want the real, heavy come down, nothing does the trick quite like a vast, non-harmonic, beatless ambience.

    Phase IX, the sixteenth(!) album by Italian composer Lorenzo Montanà, does not always get to this place, but when it does — wow, it really does. I know that comparing music to a sleeping aid can be read as a diss, but I promise that in this case I am trying to give a compliment to the artist. Montanà’s soundscapes are meticulous and often very beautiful, and in their best moments reach a sort of ideal version of ambient music, surrounding one’s mind with infinite room to breathe. In its striving for spiritual epiphany, Phase IX is also unreconstructed New Age music, and from its alien synth bubbles down to its hand drums (as well as the Papyrus font on the cover) is almost begging to be meditated to.

    Whoever wrote this description on the album’s Bandcamp page, though, gets it much better than I could:
    Phase IX is a solitary walk through forgotten paths, an ambient symphony where acoustic and electronic elements weld alchemical joints obtained through complex design. Indulging in a deep haze, darkness and perfumes between sacred and profane, this is dream-infused music traveling the synapses of the mind firing sonic beauty along the way.

    Turn on the salt lamp and drift away, my friends. -Dylan Pasture

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