One of my favourite albums from 2013 came from an obscure and relatively unknown New Zealand artist named Christoph El’ Truento.
That album, ‘a series of oopsie daisies and various other flora‘, saw the artist exploring some hugely interesting sounds, dabbling in Madlib-esque hip-hop beats, experimental textures, all kinds of mesmerising synth work and some awesome vocals here and there. Equal parts jazz, hip-hop, experimental and blissful ambience, it’s an album you must check out.
This time round on ‘stacking blocks made of real life happenings‘, El Truento dives deeper into experimental and ambient terrains. Often bringing some of Brian Eno‘s best ambient works to mind, the EP shies away from the rare glimpses of accessibility found on ‘a series of oopsie daisies…‘ and gravitates comfortably towards an unfamiliar, murkier place.
That said, and as wonderfully ‘weird’ as the EP may get at times, El Truento’s compositions are as self-assured, interesting and original as ever. A fantastic listen from front to back.
For fans of: Yosi Horikawa, A.r.t. Wilson, Al Dobson Jr. & Creole +