Cronica celebrates their 50th release with L, a compilation pairing 18 Cronica artists into collaborations. This results in 9 new compositions, exploring various facets of the label’s approach to hazy, electro-acoustic sound art.
While it’s difficult to pin Cronica down to a distinct sound, the artists here chiefly work in drones, in which field recording plays a significant part. And the quality is high throughout, from the motorised whine and static pops of Gilles Aubry and Paulo Raposo’s ‘Forms of Suspension’ through to the floor-shaking low-end rumble of Pure and Duran Vazquez’ aptly titled ‘Stoorm’.. Marc Behrens and Cem Guney employ an industrial grind, dappled in random clicks and glitch in Ã¢â‚¬ËœMouth to MouseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Ran Slavin and Vitor JoaquimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœVoices Over WaterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is predictably aquatic, waves of bass lapping against reverberant clanging and submerged voices.
Both Janek Schaeffer and Stephan MathieuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s collaborations, with Enrico Coniglio and Piotr Kurek respectively, explore sounds familiar from their own collaboration Hidden Name, all rich, billowing synthetic drones, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re just out-blissed by bucolic closer Ã¢â‚¬ËœReve GeneralÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ by The Beautiful Schizophrenic and TuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢M. Best of all though is Lawrence English and Stephen VitielloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœCircles of TwineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, a gorgeous evocation of a sub-tropical setting, sparse piano laid over the chirrup of birds and insects, cloaked in a dank forest glow. All great tracks.