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Lieven Martens Moana – Music From the Guardhouse

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Dolphins Into the Future, the oceanic ambient project helmed by Lieven Martens Moana, has sincerely challenged the critique of irony thrown at post-noise new agers ever since the project’s earliest releases in 2007. Moana sheds the Joan Ocean-referencing moniker and adopts his full birth name for his new release on Kraak, a play for the magnetic tape recorder titled Music From the Guardhouse. This performance stars many of the players we’re used to seeing associated with the Dolphins project – field recordings of exotic locales, detailed synth, and a calm sense of investigative wonder. Subtly, though, Moana’s process feels different. Previous releases, like last year’s lovely Canto Arquipélago, have dealt in the creation of evocative island space for listeners to dwell in. Guardhouse comes of as a more personal affair, as Moana explores the bridges between his creative process and the exotic locales he has come to adore. Check out a sample below, and pre-order the LP from Kraak here.

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