Boomkat Product Review:
Where an element of fantasy has often been implied with impressionistic electronic ambient music, Yearning Kru makes its literary influence explicit with the scrolling landscapes of Copper Vale for Planet Mu / Knives.
Directly referencing and inspired by the fantasy environments of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast series, and Frank Herbert’s Dune, the labyrinthine path of Copper Vale wends thru nine subtly detailed scenes that recall the atmosphere of early RPGs such as Diablo or Abe’s Odyssey (whose OST was issued on vinyl recently) mixed with the distanced yet mesmerising tone of buddhist prayer boxes, ISAN-like toytronica and the kind of streaming data-topographies modelled by TCF.
“The tracks function as viewpoints into a world for a brief period of time, and the world represented is one of small workshops toiling and churning in the shadow of great hives of technology. The title "Copper Vale" is meant to hint at something both pastoral and bucolic, a valley or secluded glade, but also recognising the industry and electricity that drives our world, something that is often set at odds against nature; also the genres of fantasy and sci-fi, that show ideas of past and future through these archetypal cultural ideas.
His previous albums were the two-part cassette "Cracked Lacquer/Vanadium" on Patten's Kaleidoscope records (and it's remixes), his own self-released "Red Ice" and "Forways" on Quantum Natives as well as various self-released EPs.“