The album is a reflection on the stories from David George Haskell’s book ‘The Songs of Trees' and uses these stories to contemplate the direction of our own sense of spirituality and existentialism in a pandemic ravaged world where it's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore our status as global citizens amidst non-stop social unrest. 'How do we move on, together, from this continuing crisis?' 'How do we work together, despite growing chasms in ideology, to overcome the increasing threat of man-made and natural disasters?' 'How do we all meet each other halfway for the survival of our species?' 'Is that even possible?' The album has no easy answers but its central theme is that of connection, and how, whether we like it or not, our species is one massive ecosystem with a myriad of complex connections with one another. But how do we solve the irony of being equally the most advanced and least effective ecosystem on this earth? Again, the album has no easy answers but invites us to acknowledge our predicament.
'Horst & Graben' consists of ten tracks that draw inspiration from the late 1970’s ambient and electronic works of Hans-Joachim Roedeloius, Brian Eno, Michael Rother, David Bowie, and Cluster. Like Dominguez's previous two albums, After Geography and Amongst A Landscape Of Spiritual Reckoning, this album subtly weaves in and out of Ambient, Electronic, Neo Classical, Drone and Experimental genres with skillful and detailed oriented focus.
'Every philosophically poetic entitled track finds a balance between glades of natural light, organic paced reveals and more cosmic, elevating spells.' - Monolith Cocktail
'It is an album that is of its moment, beyond lockdown and the virus and into a bigger, more holistic cosmos. It is immersive throughout, staggeringly beautiful at times and pensively dark at others.' - Iniquitous Glory
'A world teeming with delicate, emotive, joyous, often uplifting soundscapes. Occasionally drifting tenderly into a more melancholic, whimsical, airy haze.' - XSNoize
'The word poignant was built specifically to describe this heart-warming and yet brutally emotional journey through the escape of sight and sound.' - Magazine Sixty
released September 14, 2021
All composition and production by Francisco Javier Dominguez Pennock.
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12K. Artwork by James Osland
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