Boomkat Product Review:
Uhh this is so next level! Polish artist Antonina Nowacka came up with the idea for ‘Lamunan’ while exploring a cave in Java and singing into the resonant void. When she returned to Warsaw, she looked for a space that had similar sonic properties and found an old fortress, recording a set of eerie choral compositions that bend time and dance thru perception. Unmissable work that’s essential listening for fans of Akira Rabelais, Grouper, Sarah Davachi, the Stroom label, Arvo Pärt or Lyra Pramuk.
We're destroyed by this one; the concept alone is enough to pique our interest, but it's the sound that elevates ‘Lamunan’ to another level. Nowacka's use of reverb and resonance is mindboggling, lulling the listener into a completely unique soundworld that's bold, minimal and effortlessly soulful. The album's title is the Indonesian word for "dreaming" or "fantasy" and that accurately describes the mood.
The magic and mystery of the Javanese cave where ‘Lamunan’ was conceived floats from each composition, in spite of the fact that they were recorded in a Polish fortress. In actual fact, the new location gives the pieces enhanced meaning, bringing in the influence of European sacred music and purpose-built resonant spaces to the forefront. The songs sound ancient and mystical, but also focused and modern, chiming in tune with the charmed minimalism of composers like Sarah Davachi and the mythic vocal ritualism of Grouper and Cucina Povera.
It’s a gorgeous, unique album that shouldn't be missed under any circumstances // bold and precious music like it doesn't come around too often.