2009年7月16日木曜日

[374] Dolphins Into The Future - ...On Sea-Faring Isolation


Label: Not Not Fun Records

Catalog#: NNF155-LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2009
DISCOGS

A1 On The High Seas 6:51

A2 Lone Voyager 9:00
A3 Onset - Beyond Clouds 2:41
B1 Memory Of Self 7:45
B2 Lapse - Dream 5:36
B3 Aftermath - Isle Of Self 5:13

ベルギー在住の音楽家Lieven Martens(リーベン・マーチン)によるソロ・プロジェクト。名前はイルカとの多次元的コミュニケーションを実践している野生イルカ研究家Joan Ocean(ジョーン・オーシャン)の著作に由来。Dolphins Into The Futureの音楽は、wagonやarborなどドローン・カセット群との同時代性を共有しながらも、かつてのニューエイジ的な世界観をストレートに打ち出していて、現在の地下シーンの中で際立った存在感を放っています。潮騒とイルカのソナー音A2、船の流れ着いた先の民族音楽のようなマリンバ風電子音A3など、テープループやサンプラーを使ってつくられたローファイでトリッピーなサウンドは、海に浮かぶ筏の上で日差しに目を眩ませながら見えてくる幻覚か、または船酔いで倒れた後の夢のよう。鯨類はガイアの声、失われた叡智へとやさしくナビゲートしてくれる存在であり、90年代の自然主義的なアンビエント世界の重要なシンボルでもありました。


A casual interweb cruiser could be forgiven for confusing Dolphins Into The Future the “band” (aka the one-man tape-loop blue-age ambient project executed by Belgian Cetacean Nation ambassador Lieven Martens) with Dolphins Into The Future the book (written by dimensional traveler Joan Ocean concerning her 20-year-long real life spirit quest to commune with a school of 200 wild Hawaiian Spinner dolphins). And, to be fair, they’re a LOT alike. Both deal heavily in trippy, drifting logics, vibrational holograms, and an overdose of psychedelic pastel artwork. But Ms. Ocean’s books are out of print so instead we have …On Sea-Faring Isolation, Mr. Dolphin Martens’ vinyl debut under the DITF banner, after a 2-year string of increasingly blissed tapes and CDRs. Composed of three interwoven pieces per side, Isolation is one of those baffling magic eye LPs that seems to dissolve yr memory of it during the very act of listening. Turquoise webs of billowing synth smoke curl and dissipate into grey horizons of open sea field recordings. The wooden mast of a ship creaks quietly while astral bells toll away in morning fog. You are alone. This record could make a sailor homesick, and Joan Ocean weep. Beautifully composed and sequenced, with just the right amount of wobbly porpoise sonar prisms bubbling up from the deep, this LP exceeded all our expectations (and they were high). A fantastic voyage into the pan-dolphinic dawn. Black vinyl LPs in matte jackets with aquatic-loner artwork by Martens himself, plus a photocopied album review/interpretation by DJ Bongo Man.


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