Arovane & Hior Chronik :: Into My Own (A Strangely Isolated Place)

For fans of Lilies-era Arovane there is much here that will please your ears as manipulations of una corda piano, harpsicord and vibraphone glitter across crisp percussion. Coupled with Chronik’s equal talent for melody and heady ambience—it all makes for a powerful musical collaboration.

The ASIP duo step up once more with a second full length following their 2015 debut on the same label. The packaging, artwork and music within are as stellar as to be expected from ASIP—a label now gaining support from Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC Radio 6.

For fans of Lilies-era Arovane there is much here that will please your ears as manipulations of una corda piano, harpsicord and vibraphone glitter across crisp percussion. Coupled with Chronik’s equal talent for melody and heady ambience—it all makes for a powerful musical collaboration. Tracks like “Lightbeams” and “It Turned Blue” are joyful soaring odes to melodic electronic music—a pleasure to hear things coming full circle from some fourteen years ago when Lilies was released.

Around half of the album resides in deep beatless ambience, conjuring widescreen galactic explorations of ethereal pads and shooting stars of piano. With vinyl to match all this beauty (double clear wax with artwork by Nick Brzostowski and mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio), this is another exceptional release from ASIP.

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