Composed in conjunction with the latest Les Halles long-player, Zephyr, Zonda stands unique among Baptiste Martin’s output both in duration and diversity of source material, smearing samples of Baegu music from the Soloman Islands, J.S. Bach, Max Cilla, and the Croatian Sea Organ of Zadar into a sixty-minute suite of surreal celestial navigation. Flutes, waves, strings, insects, percussion, pitched voices, and spatial synthesis float in and out of frame, alchemizing and unraveling in unexpected ways. It’s a vast, perplexing, and poignant listen, spanning solar winds, subdued harmonics, and elusive constellations of transmutational beauty.
released August 31, 2018
Compiled & mixed by Baptiste Martin.
Design by Dieter Durinck.
Another winning release of lo-fi tropical ambiance from this Floridian legend who has been making this charming music for about a decade now. A very unique sound, with wonderful field recordings featured in tandem with some new age-y synths. Nice! ~ DJ Megasoup (Selaroda) ~
The thought of "Valley Flutes" and the fluffy cover had me fearing yet another New Age schlock tape to toss on the pile. Was quite happy to be wrong after giving both long-form compositions a listen. Feels more like old-school ambience with slight nods to the avant garde and psychedelia of the era. Easily my 2nd favorite come down tape from CTatsu after Prayer's "Second Species". jasonk