"Sleepmoss sets a new precedence for Rix-Martin's work as an artist and her role as commentator to the winds and rain."
Lara Rix-Martin marks her first album release on Planet Mu with an eerie ode to the changing seasons on ‘Sleepmoss‘. Awash with field recordings and natural ambient tones, Sleepmoss sets a new precedence for Rix-Martin’s work as an artist and her role as commentator to the winds and rain.
Whilst embracing the elements and their all-mighty power on her latest long player, Rix-Martin has been busy with her label Objects Limited, focused on releasing music from female and non-binary artists, whilst releasing music with her husband Mike Paradinas as Heterotic.
Opener ‘Reaping’ is a shadowy piece, drones pitch up and down inducing the feeling of being lost in the woods as the end of the track the keys grow afraid. On ‘Night Rain’, Rix-Martin employs synthetic, gloomy samples collaged together to resemble a windy night. Evocative and powerful, the whole record drifts in and out of consciousness in this way, all at once inducing a feeling of being lost on a moor or waking up peacefully in an English garden.
Wholly imaginative, each track carries naturally to the next in perfect soliloquy. A delicate woodwind symphony is heard on ‘Murmur’, with bird-song sample bringing a level of peaceful equity to the track. Totally organic, we find at times when the samples sit naked on the ear we are left in a captivating space of nature, much like a feeling of being in a VR simulation. On ‘Anglewood’, a sombre synth plays solitarily before being layered upon lightly. Distortion, above all, creates a sense of place within Sleepmoss.
More than just a sonic mirage, Rix-Martin has created a record of meditative solipsism that both blends into the background and arises at the forefront of our attention.
‘Sleepmoss’ is out now via Planet Mu. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
2. Night Rain
5. Winter Sun
6. Amethyst Deceiver