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ourist Kid's first release for Melody As Truth. Recorded in Perth and Melbourne between 2016 and 2017. Though the idea of movement between two places could be a somewhat romantic afterthought, a more palpable sense of dislocated unease creeps up on the listener throughout the album.
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On "Discourse II", stutters of digital trash segue seamlessly into a plateau of serene, glassy ambience – and on "Bacterial", the hiss and sting of rehashed foley seems to dance around a plaintive, oh-so delicate piano solo. These striking contrasts are deftly managed, playing upon notions of digital noise and ambient, while never feeling weighed down by the limits of reference or gesture. Indeed, numerous touchstones to Tourist Kid's earlier work – and to that of
contemporaries – are synthesised and expanded upon to great detail and atmosphere. "Crude Tracer" sits in its own adeptly nuanced and assured space.

Tourist Kid's production encompasses all manner of tangible and otherworldly sounds as a vehicle to explore something far more intriguing than a simple instrumental fetish – so much so that the
overwhelming sting of blasted detritus or a broken and bent vocal is capable of eliciting such delicate impulses as glistening, heart-wrenching piano chords. It's a unique – and very special – kind of beauty that Tourist Kid gracefully achieves with "Crude Tracer”. 

Danish producer Palta caps off a stellar year for Melody As Truth with his label debut 'Universal'. In keeping with the label's catalogue, this five track LP seduces us with an array of ambient and esoteric sounds, though the approach is more expressionistic than its predecessors. Rather than the clean lines and clear tones of Jonny Nash or the crystalline futurist journeys of Suzanne Kraft, Palta creates aquatic soundscapes, rippling with organic rhythms and blurred frequencies. 'Universal' drifts peacefully through the depths before 'Tabt Optagelse' surfaces into the humid shimmer of a tropical night. 'Pa Genesyn' is an indecipherable collage of crashing cymbals, unpredictable rhythms and subtle sequences, while 'At Ville' lets us rest in the suspended dark of a floatation chamber. Finally, 'Optagelse 16A' sees us out with beautiful melody, gentle bass and nebulous electronics - cleansing tones for tuned in folks.

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Patrick says: The last Melody As Truth of 2017 and a total stunner! Expressionistic, detailed and dreamy, 'Universal' offers the kind of other-worldly ambience you'd expect from Jons Kelihor or Hassell.

Since he joined Suzanne Kraft for a split 7" in November, Jonny Nash has kept the schedule brisk and the listening slow on his Melody As Truth imprint, first serving up the futurist fusion of Kraft's "What You Get For Being Young", and now returning to the long format himself for the paradisic sounds of "Eden". Recorded between Bali and the UK over the past 12 months, the LP offers seven deeply textured vignettes of island life, painting a vivid portrait of Ubud sunsets and verdant rice paddies. Fusing exotic percussion, layered field recordings and crystalline synth washes, "Agape" leads us through the early morning haze of a Seminyak market, the occasional rumble of droning bass reminding you of the island's permanent traffic jams. "Maroon Crisp" takes in the mid-day sun at Cafe Hijau, it's warm synth tones shimmering in the heat haze as the humid percussion chases delicate guitar and fragile piano through the swaying crops. Faint snatches of vocal and bleeping electronics introduce "Down In Babakan" as the humidity of the first two pieces is submerged in aquatic textures. Pealing gongs give us a sense of place while the flowing piano pleases the ears with mesmeric bursts of melody. Jonny closes out the A-side with his most rhythmic and most electronic MAT piece yet, the hypnotic "Ding Repair", which sees an ancient rhythm meet spacey UR-style synthesis before a pulsating bass sequence takes the lead in the final third. The B-side opens with the opiated beauty of "Conversations With Mike", an impressionistic combination of healing gongs, smooth chimes, dreamy harp and coastal guitar, all riding a languid bassline. Imagine Adrian Utley, Susumu Miyashita, Rudigar and Opperman giving an open air concert on the fertile slopes of a dormant volcano and you'll be catching the correct drift. "Police Bride" flows on perfectly; stripping back some of the more exotic elements to let first the piano, then the guitar weave their wonderful spell. Jonny closes this flawless set with a moment of true beauty, "Lime". Restrained and graceful, this pared back piece builds from an understated piano coda into a cushioned canopy of swooning guitar, neo classical percussion and full bodied bass, bringing proceedings to the most peaceful close. Majestic stuff.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: After teasing us wonderfully with that split 7" at the turn of the year, Jonny Nash returns to Melody As Truth with more dreamtime magic for endless sunsets. Recorded somewhere between Bali and the UK, this ethereal, exotic set should increase your peace wonderfully.

Fresh from a sublime collaborative effort with Gigi Masin and Young Marco as Gaussian Curve and the fragile beauty of ‘Phantom Actors’, Jonny Nash returns to the release sheet with the second release on his Melody As Truth imprint, ‘Exit Strategies’. Whereas MAT1 saw the multi-instrumentalist soundtracking the twilight from his piano bench, ‘Exit Strategies’ pushes the guitar to the fore for a crystal clear stream of healing frequencies. Echoes of Pat Methany and Spike hint at the depth of Nash’s musicology but always remain in the background, while Nash’s own creativity takes centre stage. A glimmering mini LP of lush and spacious compositions, surrounded by Nash's own unique air and atmospheric touch.

Relaxing after a hectic festival season, Jonny Nash rolls out of his hammock and works his magic on the A-Side here, plucking our heartstrings with simple rhythms and shimmering guitar. Less sparse than his previous work on the label, "Cristina And Carolina" delivers a more immersive sound which falls into the somnolent sweetspot between Gigi Masin and Vini Reilly. The B-side belongs to the synthetic beauty of Suzanne Kraft, and his celestial "Roberto And Giovanni". The West Coaster has swapped the Pacific surf for affable Amsterdam and this new composition sees a move away from the psychedelic sound of previous productions. Trembling organs and breathy waveforms embrace over a mechanical heartbeat, creating a safe space for the new age melodies and blissed out motifs to take over our minds. Melancholic but undeniably beautiful, this release marks another essential bit of ambience from the imprint.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Coming together on a split 7" Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft continue the stunning work of their Melody As Truth EPs with a pair of immersive ambient gems. Put it on the platter and sail away on a swell of oceanic calm.


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