Luke Sanger
Languid Gongue
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1Cranes and Ladders
3Phrygian Pan
4Cocoa and Plums
5Mycelium Networks
7All Over the Shop
8Archaic Landscapes
9Basic Lurgy
10Searching for the Elusive Fungi
11Fruity Textures
12Your Session Has Ended
13Not Quite Right
14Only Casino for Miles

Balmat is a new label jointly shepherded by veteran music journalist Philip Sherburne and Albert Salinas (Lapsus).

Balmat’s first release comes from Luke Sanger, a Norwich, UK-based artist whose two decades of electronic music-making have encompassed a range of tools and techniques, from MaxMSP to modular synthesis. Along the way he has built an extensive catalog encompassing ambient atmospheres, abstract soundscaping, and more. With Languid Gongue, he puts multiple approaches into play. Experiments in microtonal composition balance out pieces in standard tunings, while esoteric electronic machines merge with familiar acoustic treatments and microphone techniques.

The result is a constellation of his signature sounds: freeform new-age fantasia; spring-loaded toytronic arpeggios; quartz-driven braindance clockworks. Drifting between consonant, almost lyrical compositions and shape-shifting textural sketches, the album drifts with the nonchalance of a sky-high cirrus cloud, and it glows as if illuminated from within. When we heard the material, we knew that it was the perfect choice to launch the label. To us, it sounds like a roadmap for points unknown.