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Príncipe’s experimental sibling, Holuzam, introduce Portuguese maestro Luís Fernandes with a suite of pulsating, raw but sophisticated electronic improvisations nodding to Keith Fullerton Whitman, Steve Hauschildt, 0PN
Leading on from Fernandes’ ‘Demora’ album for Room40 (and a 2018 collaboration with Joana Gama for the same label), he strikes out with a looser, more immediate and thrilling sound in ‘Seis Peças Sintetizadas’ that embraces electronic music for its dissonant, chaotic, and romantic qualities.
While we’re not entirely sure what equipment Fernandes is using, it’s discernibly and unapologetically all electronic. The first part transitions from sheer drones into a wide-eyed display of rapid, ribboning arps and belching low end with stunning agility, and track 3 swoops from pulsing avian flights to vertiginous, Vangelis-style brass flares for the ages, while track 5 dematerialises into lush, prickly ambient realm, and track 6 veers to the edges of an abyssal post-techno sound realign the might and biting-point electronic textures of Emptyset.