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LAGOSS launch ethnographical recording into the far future on "Ascension", letting Arthur C. Clarke's imagination guide a sequence of tracks that blend textured environmental sounds with rickety cyber-exotica, kosmische eeriness and unstable dub. Features contributions from Spencer Clark and Muqata'a.
For Daniel Garcia, Gonçalo F Cardoso and Mladen Kurajica, "Ascension" is a way to approach the concept of the space lift, a proposition from rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky that was described by Arthur C. Clark in 1979's "Fountains of Paradise". The Tenerife-based trio use this literary basis to imagine a near-future version of their island, pondering the music a new civilization might make while simultaneously exploring the real world's history, technology and religion.
Unlike their 2020-released first album "Canary Islands", "Ascension" isn't a mix of vignettes, but a collection of developed songs that retain the air of their earlier material while signaling towards new horizons. 'Dosis de Recuerdo' is the first surprise, stumbling from rattly pots-and-pans rhythms into sand-blasted ethno-dub. It's not overly referential, but sounds faintly familiar, subverted from its source influences by Garcia, Cardoso and Kurajica's desire to peer into the future.
'Los Aquachachos' is particularly inviting, marrying quirky tropicalia rhythms and circus synths with fuzzy bass, talkbox vocals and stuttering beats, while 'Rumba Lactea' matches Spencer Clark's blown-out keyboards with dub FX that place us somewhere between London and Kingston. At its best the album sounds as if it's been pushed outside the timeline, fully realising its heady concept. On 'La Romantica 3000' the exotica elements are trapped in a lilting beat scene grid that nods to Dilla and Clams Casino, and on 'Luces en el Cielo' the trio collapse their inspirations into a cracked glass construction of fragmented beats and quirky, pier-side melodies.