christoph el’ truento man. The guy is a musical chameleon. The New Zealand-based artist comes through with a brand new project titled Foraging following his previous projects peace maker dub and LWMP18. On this new album, he takes a more ambient route, experimenting with lush, electronic and guitar-driven soundscapes that create a moody, ethereal mood. It’s absolutely great and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
The opening track “clouds” is an 8-minute masterful electronic composition which features abstract beat arrangements and odd vocal samples. The guitar leads that come in are absolutely hypnotic, and take the song into a tribal trance. The ambiance continues on “cry” and “sticks,” with the latter track having a moody, reflective tone. The random pauses make it a fascinatingly captivating listen. “nesting” is a powerful, avant-garde electronic beat that sounds like something Shlohmo would have produced early on in his career. The beautiful aura and tone of “machine” is incredible, and the animated feel of “compost” is a wonderful one. The flutes near the end of that track especially are nice. “swan” and “swamp” end the album off beautifully with meditative, synth-heavy melodies that really add a spiritual, reflective tone to the music. As he describes, this is a project that brings to life “the sounds of Aotearoa digitised into a imagined world.” It’s an excellent release indeed!
Listen to christoph el’ truento’s brilliant new project Foraging below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Cosmic Compositions.