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LOPEZ, FRANCISCO - Amarok

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Glacial Movements GM007
Release Year: 2010
Note: a very isolationist and spooky work in the great Glacial Movements series dedicated to arctic landscapes; a one-tracker of 64+ minutes; "Amarok" is the name of a gigantic wolf in the Inuit mythology
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"Francisco Lpez is known all over the world as one of the main figures of all time experimental music. He performed in hundreds lives, projects and sound-sets in 60 countries of 5 continents and his huge discography has been released by more than 200 labels all over the world. His musical universe moves from human-ear limits to the deepest abysses of sonorous power and it is mostly composed of field recordings caught along the wildest areas of Earth or between the sounds of industrial world.

For Amarok composition two years of hard work have been employed using sounds and processed field recordings. Its a unequalled conceptual soundscape in this artists huge discography and it perfectly joins to Glacial Movements aesthetics. After a few seconds from the track beginning we are dip into an arctic trip which lasts more than an hour and in which tangled weavings in a masterly fashion handled by the Spanish artist appear, develop and dissolve. Gusts of arctic wind, the Amaroks wheezing breath (Amarok is the name of a gigantic wolf in Inuit mythology) and the sense of loss in the polar night are only some of the sensations that this cryogenic hallucinatory acustic is able to evoke. Amarok is probably one of the more isolationist and spookiest work Ive ever done Francisco Lpez, March 2009"

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"On Amarok sound sculptor Francisco Lpez softens a savage terrain of whirring buzz like a brewing storm, then cuts suddenly, short and flat, to cool drone breezes. This lengthy hour plus work captures the sense of territorial distances, something akin to open torch flames and the echo of the outdoors. Like few of his recent releases Lpez has treated his sources to a lush full course of thin layered varying depths of field. One can lavish in the work almost as if it were photographic, depicting a cryptic background of nerve-ending like fleeting activity while a curvy, hushness dances at close range. The charge of a sifting blur bleeds through a majority of the dark center here before a brisk release comes in the final dozen minutes. In its dramatic finality, Amarok poses a detached embrace of sorts, much like Lpezs live concert work. The journey ends as the cycle began in bare, slow silence." [TJ Norris]