Boomkat Product Review:
Quirky melodic (early?) electronics for fans of Mort Garson, Plone, Raymond Scott and Pauline Anna Strom.
Well this is a bit lovely. Los Angeles-based artist Olive Ardizoni first appeared last year with their debut "Six Songs for Invisible Gardens", a record designed as a communication between both plant life and the people who care from them. "Music For Living Spaces" is yet more sound with purpose, crafted to elevate our homes at a time when we're seeing almost too much of them. Ardizoni's music is unashamedly retro, crossing delightful vintage electronic bleeps and wobbles with proggy electronic folk sounds and elements of '80s new age tape music that should be familiar to any regular Leaving Records listeners.
On tracks like 'Sunflower Dance' and 'Royal Fern', they flesh out delicate riffs with Mellotron flutes and brassy synth sounds that sound like they could have been snatched from Vangelis's studio. Elsewhere on 'Soft Coral' and 'Birds of Paradise' the mood is more in line with an eerie wildlife documentary or psychedelic children's TV theme. Basically it's "Plantasia" 2.0, but this hardly matters - it's lovely stuff, and should raise the quality of life in any drab, airless living space.