Albrecht La’Brooy’s Alex Albrecht returns under his Melquíades guise this December, with a new EP entitled ‘Further Afield’ for San Diego’s Bouquet Records.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia and one half of the Albrecht La’Brooy duo, Alex Albrecht has been showcasing his unique twist on contemporary deep house, ambient and electronica over the past decade. Releasing music from his collaborative project on esteemed imprint Apollo/R&S, his own acclaimed Analogue Attic label and Scissor & Thread under his Melquíades alias, here we see the moniker continue with some fresh material for Bouquet. The project we’re told by Albrecht is ‘’based around field recordings from time on the road – feelings of movement, introspection, appreciation for the surroundings. Meditation and improvisation.’’, Bouquet was drawn to the project due to the story and translation of it into sonics.
Opener ‘Denver chimes’ utilises field recording of a suburban walk during a tour mid-last year. The chimes were hanging outside someone’s house, next to a tyre swing. it was summer and the city seemed small, nestled there in between the mountains. It was the last stop and Albrecht tried to capture the feeling of awe you get when you drive through the Rockies or the anticipation of flying. ‘Upstate Dream’ follows and was built around a road trip out of town and an intense thunderstorm followed by dense humidity. Alex watched it roll through the gorge and over the incredible sculptures before running through torrential rain back to the car. After the downpour the sun came out and he sat by the river, this composition reflects on this moment.
‘Further Afield’ related to the weeks before the above in Berlin and the shows played there, the title is inspired by Günter Grass’s political novel, Too Far Afield. Rounding things out is ‘Sprinkler’ which took inspiration from recollections of the Australian bush and the summer festivals in Victoria. Similar to upstate dream it was the diffused and surreal memories of back home mixed with the excitement of being on the road.