Aquatic Language – Untitled (Minor Acid) [VNC006]


French label Ville Nouvelle is set for its sixth release – a multi-generic, five-track EP (called Music for Five Post Cards) that spans cuts by music-makers from three continents: Canada, Australia and France.

Our premiere is the last track on the record Untitled, by Aquatic Language – a project of Vancouver residents, Precipitation and Soft Fit. Luckily, it’s probably our favourite track on the EP, and that’s really saying something given the record’s start-to-finish quality.

The whole EP is wonderfully tasteful and aesthetically unified: from each track to the next, to the sleek and soft-coloured artwork, this record epitomises the playful, intricate and totally intriguing work that Ville Nouvelle has been pushing for over two years.

Untitled is ambient and dreamy. It’s one of those tracks that would feel totally different with just one of its elements missing – whether that be the intricate percussion, the airy pads, the catchy acid synth-line or the slightly detuned melody that sounds the way stargazing would if it made a noise.

Other tracks come from Melbourne’s Soda Lite – a mysterious entity that makes music to match and soundtrack the natural world – French based José Roboter and River Yarra, and Vancouver’s third rep on the record, Regularfantasy.

This is a cross-continental collection prime for a self-indulgent Sunday walk. Given its young but impressive discography, it’s worth keeping an eye and an ear out for not just this record, but more Ville Nouvelle material in future.