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Boomkat Product Review:
Underground Portuguese/UK nodes, Niagara and Discrepant collate the star-eyed trio’s hard-to-find early works with a particular focus on their beat-less and shimmering cosmic electronic styles.
Forming a natural meeting of mutual spirits, Niagara’s charmingly hard-to-place meld of fizzing melodies and ancient-futurist hardware whims finds an ideal home amid Gonçalo F Cardoso’s roster of oddball adventurers. Unlike their drum-heavy outings with Príncipe and the band’s own label, Ascender, these endearingly off-the-cuff cuts chart more esoteric vectors thru 17 mostly short and vignette like works that showcase their allusively allegorical descriptive abilities, with wavey top lines that echo Drexciya as much as martian folk melodies, and a vaporous spaciousness that calls to mind Atlantic spray and foaming oceans.
Rhythm is still crucial to the set, but their percussion is less pronounced and more smudged into the texture of their recordings here, secreting chattering pulses beneath layers of gauzy synth work and field recordings on ‘Pombal’, and puckered up int he serpentine arps of ‘Esc8’, while the likes of ‘Mégane’ remind of Jamal Moss or Pekka Airaksinen’s jazz glyphs. At best they evoke the feel of a fireside bop on some isolated Atlantic beach with the breezy pads and rippling congas of ‘Espuma’ and the scuffed funk of ‘Mapas’, while the liquid noise of ‘Ponta Delgada’ could b the messy aftermath.