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Boomkat Product Review:
Präsens Editionen welcome a 3rd release by Martina Lussi, morphing her vocals across a suite of ambient plucks and floating structures.
Martina began recording ‘Balance’ prior to the pandemic, and finished it during lockdown, with the results coming to consolidate two different states of being. The Swiss artist’s voice is a constant, albeit mutable, presence that connects the seven tracks, variously shapeshifting thru forms that resemble autotuned R&B glossolalia and even hint at North African Arabic modes, but are handled in a sort of avant-classical/experimental ambient manner that gives her license to leave drums for dust and occupy heady space in the upper registers.
While there’s no explicit percussion, it’s still possible to hear ghostly imprints of dancehall and R&B flickering behind the swaying shape of ‘Vessel’ and the vaporous thizz of ‘Time Lapse’ or the buoyant centrepiece ‘Routine’, with ‘How To Disappear’ feeling like a Lorenzo Senni or Palmistry piece.