Boomkat Product Review:
Faded as fuck 2009 new age/ambient soup from Lieven Martens, fka Dolphins into the Future. One for anyone missing Emeralds, Imaginary Softwoods or Skaters.
Originally released on Not Not Fun in 2009, "On Sea-Faring Isolation" is an early set from Edições CN boss Lieven Martens, initially issued under the Dolphins into the Future moniker. A sizzling concoction of torched new age synthesizer patterns, plaintive drones and evocative field recordings, it sounds just as relevant now as it did over a decade ago.
While the opening tracks layer euphoric arpeggios to lull listeners into an almost Emeralds-adjacent synthscape, the album really finds its footing when Martens strips things down to almost nothing. Stand-out track 'Lapse - Dream' is stark and minimal, a static-charged tropical field recording underpinned with rattling percussion and eerie synth gurgles. It reminds of Andrew Pekler at his most cosmic, or Popol Vuh half-heard through a bathroom wall. Weird and wonderful stuff.