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Mindbending ambient/noise legends Christoph Heemann and Timo Van Luijk (Af Ursin) mark a vertiginous zenith of collaborative energies on their first In Camera album since 2016, part of a precious new batch on La Scie Dorée
Channelling classic Berlin skool kosmiche of Conrad Schnitzler and the panoramic vision of Popol Vuh, the highly esteemed pairing plot out 40 minutes of astral travel guided by a beautifully ambiguous but gripping sort of narration. The two parts live up to the the enigmatic connotations of the sleeve art’s sailors setting off at night as much as some inference to the epic scale and mystery of Frank Herbert’s Dune and David Lynch’s film adaptation, coming off to our lugs like the soundtrack to a lost scene of Paul Atreides’ lushed out by spice melange visions; and what fan of either could deny that potential pleasure?
Nobody can vouch for the artists’ sobriety or spice blood levels during recording, but they’ve seriously tapped into some classic vein of synth vision-questing here. The A-side’s lolling bass oscillations and thizzing contrails open out and home in to describe vast planes of alien terrain and hyaline palaces in the sand petrified from electric storms. The B-side then feels to come down into sickly sweet, courtly melody before shuddering through some noisy kind of elliptical transformation into phantasmic chaos and a cavernous, stranded denouement.
It’s probably safe to say you won’t get this with the Hans Zimmer score for Dune, but for sci-fi and kosmiche beans everywhere looking for an escape route, this album takes you there.