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Boomkat Product Review:
Immersive debut from Turin’s Sara Berts, eliding Amazonian field recordings with Buchla Easel synth magic in what she describes as “a gift from the plants and for the plants”
Titled in reference to the Andean idea of reciprocity or mutualism, and the notion that everything in the world is connected, ‘Ayni’ lays out Sara Berts’ wide-eyed musical weltanschauung in a mix of extended cosmic trips and quieter passages of spiritual investigation. The release stems from the artist’s three months spent makign field recordings in the Peruvian Amazon during 2019 “while seeking personal healing.” On return to Turin, and prompted by the experience of lockdown, Sara blended the field recordings with her Buchla easel to bring them to life in remarkably absorbing forms that convey a sense of wonder and isolation relating to her experience in the jungle, and uncertain feeling toward the future. We advise checking for the two longest bits to best get in her headspace, with ‘Aichi’ and ‘Por La Quebrada’ physically teeming with the sounds of the Amazon’s abundant nature, but reset in parallel dimensions, while the shorter pieces are almost chamber-wise in their tone and elegance, particularly the aeriel waltz of ‘Anoche’ with its canopy of sibilant insect noise.
RIYL Popol Vuh, Spencer Clark, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.