Boomkat Product Review:
Paper-thin Boards of Canada-influenced cold showers and natty ambient/sound design scraps from Peruvian producer Areliz Ramos, previously known as Milkshlk. RIYL Ben Bondy, Savath & Savalas, Lex Records.
Recorded between Berlin, London and Lima, the album "seeks to explore the common reality of isolation and melancholy which exists when stepping away from our roots towards a solo global exploration of culture and place." Ramos tries to achieve this by latching onto the whimsical melancholy of Boards of Canada, using snatched vocal recordings, hazy synths and skeletal boom bap beats on 'This Track Is For You'. But while Boards of Canada's UK-centric "lost future" sound was steeped in 1970s and early '80s projections within British culture, cleaved from this culture the tracks take on a surreal quality, surrounded by field recording-rooted ambient oddities like 'Euduvin'.
"Frío" is most impressive when it shows off Ramos's sound design skills, like on the glitchy 'Emails' and elegiac closer 'Ava', that finishes the album with shaved-down orchestral grandeur, alien soundscaping and sweltering subs.