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Esteemed synthesist and producer/mixer to everyone from Depeche Mode to Bjork, Marta Salogni gives up a set of captivating recordings made with her musical and life partner Tom Relleen who sadly passed away in 2020, before the album could be completed. It’s a beautifully tender album that takes on considerable emotional heft given the turn of events.
The album was recorded by Salogni and Relleen at various locations during their travels, but predominantly at Joshua Tree, Cornwall and London, where Salogni eventually finished the album on her own. Salogni is famously keen on tape machines for her production/mixing work, and their presence on ‘Music For Open Spaces’ is constant and light handed, imbuing the album’s bass and synth tapestries with an elusive, dreamlike quality.
Between them, Salogni and Relleen’s involvement with numerous artists and musical projects plays into the rich textural sprawl of the album’s mapped topographies, taking us from the rocky desert landscape of Joshua Tree into the pastoral Cornish coastline with a set of patiently considered atmospheric glides and a supremely strung-out sort of radiophonic/new age blooz.
If Ambient music’s remit is to fade into the background like furniture, ‘Music For Open Spaces’ is a much more demanding and present listen, transporting us to spaces both imaginary and un-real, mirroring the “internal map” Relleen made and which is included as one of several beautiful inserts in the album’s elaborate packaging. As Salogni explains so eloquently, that map can be used to navigate their open spaces, “or else just let yourself drift and wander, as you wish.”