Formic Syntax is the newest LP created by Ebauche, aka Alex Leonard, which veers halfway between ambient and densely intricate beats. Having recently relocated to Berlin, this album draws on the myriad of artistic and musical inspiration overflowing in this city.
Originally released in mid-2018 as a limited edition cassette on Cosmic Winnetou, the album is now being given a full release on vinyl, CD and digital distribution by Supple 9.
The tracks on Formic Syntax have a distinctly harder edge than recent releases by Ebauche and much of the album is pulsating with angular sonics and crisp, sharp polyrhythms. As always, Ebauche has found ways to densely layer the audio spectrum with constantly varying electronics, whilst maintaining clarity and purpose.
Behind Closed Eyes aptly opens the album with subtle melodic pads, underlying bass drones, fractured field recordings topped off with alien distorted crackles. A Bipolar Retraction draws you out of ambience and into utterly hypnotic chaos. Unmeshing Cinematic Realism fragments things even more, just held together by driving beat, and Alcovic Arch reins you back in with a more palatable yet beat driven structure. The album then eases back and into two slow and languid pieces which hark back to Ebauche’s earlier ambient releases whilst maintaining a beautiful attention to detail and sculpting of sound. The nine minute closing piece is effervescent, washing over the listener with waves of shimmering serenity.
The whole package is complemented by stunning cover art, itself a remix of a unique painting created specially for the release by Polish artist Adrianna Snochowska. The original is a 70 x 60 cm oil painting on canvas, and a print of the artwork is included with each vinyl copy.
released April 19, 2019
All tracks written & produced by Alex Leonard in Płock (PL) & Berlin (DE)
Mixed at Supple 9 Studio, Berlin, DE
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri, Black Knoll Studio, NY, USA
Original painting & print by Adrianna Snochowska
Cover design by Supple 9
Thanks: Günter Schlienz, Donn, Warren, Marcella & Matthias, my parents
Special Thanks: Scott Bywater, Warren Daly, Eleni Goulandris, Christian Hotz, Tobias Krug, Philip Leonard, Sophia Leonard, Danny Mansergh
The cover art inspired me to go alone in the park, lay down under a big tree, and get immersed in this ethereal ambient, watching the cloudy cold sky through its late november naked branches. And yes, the soundscape seems bigger than if listened in the living room. BVCVLEI