Artist
Lugh[1]
Label
Lugh
Re Munus
C.A.N.V.A.S.
/
2020
LP
17.99/23.59
CANVAS007
Ltd. to 200 copies, 180g vinyl
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1Americans 2:56
2Braises 5:36
3Vertiginous Leap (w/ Marie Requa Gailey)2:09
4El Rocio 4:58
5Music For Programmed Obsolescence 3:20
6Irony Chastity Obedience 6:31
7Free Fall (w/ Marie Requa Gailey)4:55
8Index Veri 4:52

C.A.N.V.A.S. follow aces by Olan Monk and Elvin Brandhi with Lugh O’Neill’s zinging new suite of fractiously reflective, emotive sound-scaping.

Returning from a smart debut in 2018’s ‘Hélico’, Berlin-based Irish artist Lugh sharpens and expands his vernacular with strikingly amorphous and absorbing results comparable in the modern field to everyone from Zoë McPherson and J. Colleran to Arca. He draws on the chaos and rush of emotions that have fractured the world with a fine articulation of synthetic voices that speak to his “rediscovery of lived sensibility on a relational scale”, and with results approaching something like a simulacra of brain fog - multiple emotions, observations, and speculations all vying for attention at once.

The gnawing, queasy tones, aggy chants and lush dread of ‘Americans’ articulates how we feel watching news on YouTube, and the scything metallic swarms of ‘Braises’ sounds like The Sprawl and TCF conducting a swarm of drones, but there’s a more surreal levity to the grief-stricken gravity of the album in the devilishly detailed aqua-acoustic chicanery of ‘El Rocio’ making use of underwater recordings by Zuzana Pabisova, and the knackered machine blooz of ‘Music For Programmed Obsolecence’ that’s almost Arca-esque in ‘Irony Chastity Obedience’, and alchemized into nerve-biting black metal mutation on ‘Free Fall’.