Can I just say this Ross Alexander LP is amazing and leave it at that? Just this one time?? No? Ok. Will attempt to elaborate. Hard to explain why this is so much better than all those what-I-did-on-my-gap-year travelogue-ambient jags that are everywhere these days... but it IS.
Following on from the sold-out tape Memorias Vol.1, which found Alexander recording Ugandan musicians Albert Sempeke and the Nilotika Collective and layering them with his own Yamaha DX7 and FM synth, Vol.2 is based around a series of field recordings he made during a trip to the High Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara Desert in 2018. The aim of the trip was to visit a gathering of nomadic musicians at an oasis close to the Algerian border. Like Memorias Vol 1. the recordings made on the trip were then later processed, layered and arranged with original compositions.
Unwaveringly lush and sensuous, but with a persistent latent darkness and suspense bubbling up - inevitably recalling the 90's industrial underground dalliances with outernational influences...Muslimgauze, O Yuki Conjugate and the rest. Memorias Vol.2 doesn't feel like a retread of past endeavours though: the pin-sharp, 360-degree sound design is utterly contemporary, and some of its more drum-centered tracks inhabit a post-Shackleton, post-Raime dread-zone. Outstanding record. BOSS ALEXANDER.