The second L A N D album, "Anoxia" (total absence of oxygen), sees Daniel Lea return alone with an outing that marks a shift from the industrial-inflected jazz-noir of 2012's "Night Within" into distinctly new sonic terrain with an emphasis on atmosphere and rhythm.
L A N D
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"The second L A N D album, Anoxia, sees Daniel Lea return alone with an outing that marks a shift from the industrial-inflected jazz-noir of 2012's Night Within into distinctly new terrain.
"Anoxia" means "total absence of oxygen," and in Lea's hands the term heralds aural environments that are full of the dreams of humanity yet may well be devoid of its living presence. The Anthropocene era in which we live has seen the rise of many human-made monuments that add up to a total presence that humanity will leave behind; Lea's labyrinthine arrangements are a soundtrack to such a world, one without humanity that is nevertheless fully marked and constructed by humans. From the very first moments of the pummeling djun djun skins and the growing bowed rototoms of "Labyrinthitis," the direction is one of a more radical constructivist sound rooted in modernist architecture.
Lea has elevated his practice to the point at which he cleaves space sonically, and Frost is the perfect person to mix such spaces. The results are visions of a brutalist world slowly decaying, but with the mellifluous harmonics of vegetation and fluid matter entwining through the ruination. Other tracks rise up like towers in a city, growing from the metallic chimes and structured percussion; one sees visions of the Balfron Tower or the Genex Tower, but such associations do not tether this work to geographical real-world locations. Anoxia may well be in a time outside of time. On "Anoxia," cello harmonics swing their head and screech like prancing komodo dragons, marking the entry to the final track, the "End Zone," with which Lea carries out his own initiation ritual, a dance between those edifices left beneath the growing millennial weeds and forests. Monuments that will long outlast their creators."-Important Records
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Composed and produced by Daniel Lea.
Daniel Lea-sound design, field recordings, processing, electronics, composition, production
Rupert Clervaux-drums, percussion, aluphone, crotales, copper pipes
Jamie McCarthy-cello, bowed percussion, copper pipes
Clive Bell- shakuhachi
Leo Abrahams-processed guitars
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1. Labyrinthitis 3:06
2. Neutra 5:36
3. Drop City 2:50
4. Metamorphosis 9:07
5. Seconds 6:45
6. Equinox 3:20
7. Transition 2:36
8. Anoxia 4:09
9. End Zone 3:47