Kloob "Solid Foundations" CDr
I have seriously noticed this Spanish project for the first time at the beginning of March 2015, few weeks after his debut album "Deep Emotional Phases" premiered on relaxedMachinery (released February 13th). Actually, I also remember Kloob's name among with other upcoming artists from conversation with rM's Geoff Small, while hanging at the Congress Pub just one day before its release date. Then, few weeks later I recall asking the sole protagonist Daniel Ferreira Stumpf aka Dani "Kloob", who is based in Barcelona, about the physical format of "Deep Emotional Phases", but this powerful debut remains available in digital format only. Fortunately, one year passed and Kloob returns, again on spirited rM gang, with his second installment entitled "Solid Foundations". Out since February 19th, 2016, the newest album is even available in physical CDr format, released few weeks later in limited edition of 30 copies and packaged in standard jewel case with 4-panel front insert. Good move, Dani!!! Graced by photo and design artistry by rM's Steve Brand while mastering duties are handled by another giant, Dani's Catalan fellow soundscaper Max Corbacho.
Ultra deep spiraling drone announce "Mystical Intuition", which clocks to nearly 9-minute mark. Immense layers of panoramic evocativeness with wistful piano glimpses join the forefront along with emerging and waning distant cyber-tech rumbles, ranging from vaporous to ear-tickling. At times intangibly nuanced drifts are continuously magnified and persistently metamorphose into heavily towering magmatic outbursts. Wear your headphones or give some extra warm-up to your speakers, in any case, this is a truly awesome intro!!! 7 and a half minutes long "Magnetismo" insistently rides on the wings of profoundly unfathomable drone scenario with soothingly emanating swirls and shimmers. Relentlessly drifting through fascinatingly amorphous zones constantly reinforced by ambiguous traceries before evanescing into closing ethereal realms. 6-plus minutes "Deep Mantra", as indicates its title, straightly dives into magnificently oracular terrains, sculpted with gently tinkling pattern, unfolding expansive sheet and enigmatically impalpable choir-like drone, shifting the listener into thrillingly transcendental Tibetan Plateau. A drone tour de force awaits here, bravo, Dani!!! "Devastado" immediately attracts with its tremendously cascading outline, again intricately abyssal, monstrously humming and spellbindingly subterranean, where glimmering organic fragments perpetually illuminate these jaw-dropping depths. The track title precisely interacts with its soundforging, this must be Kloob at his most abysscaping!!! "Alien Spaceships Arrival", with 11:26 the longest piece on "Solid Foundations" delves deeply into monumentally expansive realms enhanced by titillating cyber-biotic embellishments. Sinuously floating stratum smoothly crescendoes, blossoms, culminates and explodes with ear-bending intensity, then ebbing into relatively softer sceneries with razor sharp pads guarded by celestial drone choirs before shifting and reaching another climaxing magnitudes, where vigorously crystalline sequences steal the center stage and mutate into laid-back infused soundfields, yet powerfully kinetic although consistently counterpointed with heavenly quietudes. Another amazingly flamboyant sonic splendor!!! "Sedante", only slightly shorter than its predecessor, no surprisingly moves into more contemplative vistas leaded by tranquilly dronescaping texture, tenaciously encircling, spiced by elusive cybernetic molecules and exquisitely revealing fascinating spatial emptiness. "Seeking A Spirit Guide" is another composition getting over 10-minute mark and it firmly holds on the path of intensified multi-dimensional panoramic gracefulness, where utterly immense soundwalls coalesce with nuanced heavenly choirs and clinking subtleties. Drifting, soaring, oscillating, elevating and diminishing. "Inevitable", with 5-plus minutes the shortest track on the album, swiftly moves into animated terrains, where slightly rawer, endlessly quick-paced neuronic passages melt with dimly tinkling glimpses and transiently bizarre oddments and together paint mesmerizingly helixing mindscapes. "Sky Watcher" closes this spectacularly adventurous journey with more relieving structure, which floats from intangibly dissonant through monochromatic to warmly inviting, where gracious horizons unveil all its sweeping magic.
Richly flavored, yet significantly enigmatic 74-minute "Solid Foundations" is a very strong album by Kloob, exhibiting a wide array of soundsculpting talent of its creator. This Spaniard certainly deserves his spot on fruitfully growing relaxedMachinery roster and as a huge aficionado of physical formats, I am really glad Dani has decided for a small CDr run. Great job and keep on venturing, Dani!!! Without any doubts, Kloob is a very vital addition to Spanish ambient scene represented by names such as Bruno Sanfilippo, Max Corbacho, Ran Kirlian, Landru or Joxan Ruiz.
Richard Gürtler (Mar 20, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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