Delicate and most strangely created, the Carpe Sonum collaborative debut by the enigmatically nicked Specta Ciera and Arbee is a wondrous slice of ghosttronica seemingly forged in hauntological climes where the spirits of 90s IDM’ers lurk about. Recalling such ancestral stalwarts as Norken, Pliiant, Bigeneric, and artists of similar stripes, these two have joined forces to excavate from electronica’s rich history all that was luxurious, sublime, and intoxicating about the genre when it’s bubble peaked two decades ago. Syrupy synthesized homilies, irising atmospherics, and softly purring asides arc above rising thermals of time-stretched beat patterning that reach for the heavens. The two-part opus that makes up “Lanterns” offers a crystallization of the duo’s ambitious sonic goals: quiescent, alien thrush and static caught in echo-chamber flux, in a near-perfect example of slow-motion kinetic synergy. Dynamic pillow talk for lethargic synthetes.
CD will be forthcoming in 2018. At Carpe Sonum, our policy is, and has always been–If you purchase a digital download and later want the CD (either because it wasn't available at the time you purchased the download or because you changed your mind), you only have to pay the difference between the download price and the CD price, i.e., $6.50 + shipping.
released March 26, 2017
"An album inspired by sculptures, structures, landmarks and other similar creations found around the world as well as the natural designs of the constellations of space. Different sources of natural sounds were selected to combine in harmony with our contrasting compositional methods/environments, and the title suggests the collaboration of sounds we've constructed together. We are unified in our love for music, the beauty of nature, and the world of inspiration around us."
Mastered by Jason Corder / offthesky.
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