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Looq Records continues to plant the artistic flag wherever there is significant art. In this case it is ambient music from US-born musician and artist Kleidosty. Edifice of Artifice is the much anticipated full-length follow-up to the mind-blowing self-titled Kleidosty EP released in August of this year. Kleidosty blends traditional songwriting with electronic sound-sculpting to create compositions that are deeply moving, pushing the ambient genre into a more organic, dynamic direction. Each track on the album uses the guitar as a source instrument, applying various techniques to deconstruct the sound, then rebuild it as distinct compositions. Even the percussive elements are made from looped guitar sections running through various filters. "A Thing Apart" was an improvised, live recording using filters and effects. "Discontinued Operations" and "Fruited Plain" are both comprised of about one minute of guitar recordings manipulated (modulated, cut and sliced) and processed. Each song starts with a single concept then take cues from the digital artifacts and accidents that occur during the composition process. Underlying each track is a conventional song structure which holds together the more ambient aspects of the music. The overall effect is stunning and significant, along the lines of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fennesz, and Belong.
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