Techno doesn’t always have to be intense, concrete shattering noise. Venture further into the depths of the electronic forms sub genres and you will find that a melancholic paradise, possessed with looping, melodic sound and abstract textures, exists amongst the madness. A planet of hypnotic tranquillity and otherworldly atmospheres. This is the world to which Lorenz Burner belongs.
The German artist’s first outing on Ghostly International came in the form of a love letter to his home in Lower Bavaria. Hinterland radiates an aura so saturated in winter that you almost have to wrap up warm after listening to it. A peaceful isolation is implemented amongst the vast forests and desolate landscapes that the record incites in your mind.
Releases have been clocked on Dystopian, Life and Death, Innvervisions and Hotflush since the debut album, but now Burner’s Recondite moniker returns to Ghostly once more for the release of Corvus.
We kick things off with minimally inspired ‘Capable’. Each layer of the track is added subtly and efficiently, in typical Recondite fashion. It’s difficult not to get lost amongst the dreamy, star studded skies that the song projects.
Meanwhile, ‘Kauz’ possesses a more intimidating aura. A thumping bassline acts as your guide whilst piercing noise penetrates the sparkling circulation of sound. It’s heavier than ‘Capable’, yet it maintains an ambient personality through hypnotic twinkles and immersive layering.
The title track is the stand out performer throughout Corvus’ five tracks. ‘Crows’ can be heard crying in the distance. An image of a vast forest comes to mind. A writer sits isolated, looking out at the landscape before him, searching for inspiration amongst the frost. Almost like a scene from a Stephen King novel.
‘Huibu’ is arguably the weakest tracks on the EP. It’s reduced BPM, heavy bass and abstract atmospherics give off an old school horror tribal vibe, whilst the Ricardo Donoso Clemency Version of ‘Capable’ aims its crosshairs towards beatless sound design and engaging atmospherics, gently taking your hand as you embark on a journey through time and space.
Overall, Corvus is a thoroughly enjoyable outing from the melancholic master. Some fans may be disappointed by the generic nature of the five tracker. It may lack a dash of colour here and there, but that’s kind of the point. It feels cold and sombre, just as it should. Something to listen to as you walk through a lonely, snow saturated landscape.