Lumisokea – Flatland & Jenseits

Luke Younger, aka Helm inaugurates his ALTER imprint with two tracks taken from Lumisokea‘s upcoming Mnemosyne LP. Flatland drips with the tentative uncertainty of the unfamiliar as creaking hinges and a light dusting of noise off-sets moments of insecure silence. The barren sonic landscape is responsible for the unease on Flatland, and the only moment we are not on a knife’s edge is in the wake of a rumbling drone, displaying the force of an earth tremor. This tremor resonates through to Jenseits, which does little to relief the tentative nature of the music, as the drone pulses beneath some inconsistent memories of a recurring nightmare. The Belgium-based duo create onerous sonic landscapes that paint a picture, but unlike many of their peers, who favour the static nature of the drone, Lumisokea prefer to engineer the devise into some kind of malleable ooze. Their sound glides, drains and turns indignant, and we find surreal sentient being with malicious intent in these two tracks. Judging from this preview of Mnemosyne, Lumisokea have made a return to stark cinematic sonic landscapes, after the rhythmical adventures of electroacoustics from 2014’s Eavesdropping on Pianists. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait till September and the arrival of the album to confirm if this is indeed the case. Until then…