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Botánica de Balcón (with Rafa Ramos Sania) / Archives, 2019

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Botánica de Balcón (balcony botanics in Spanish) is the crystallisation of a long shot project by Rafa Ramos Sania and Edu Comelles. Both musicians put together strings, wood and minimal electronics on a new project born from field recordings and sonic textures. The aim is to submerge form that starting premise into sonic territories closer to New Classic, a certain experimental folk and the shredded expressiveness of the double bass, comfortably sitting on eastern tonalities and subtle winks or the Japanese Shakuhachi. Digital and tensed string songs.

+ info:
http://www.educomelles.com/2019/04/edu-comelles-rafa-ramos-sania-botanica.html

Album available at:
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/bot-nica-de-balc-n

Composed, performed and recorded by Rafa Ramos Sania & Edu Comelles, between January and May 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

Rafa Ramos Sania: Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar and Oud.
Edu Comelles: Electronics & Field Recordings.

Mastering by Fraser McGowan

Archives62 // ArchivesCD43
Archives / 2019
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Reviews:

Compared to Still Life mentioned above, Botánica de Balcón has quite a different atmosphere. Somewhat less exuberant in the sound design experiments, perhaps, because in this collaboration Edu Comelles (electronics and field recordings) and Rafa Ramos Sania (double bass, acoustic guitar, oud) use strings, wood and minimal electronics to build their sonic textures.

I don’t mean to say that this album is less adventurous, because that would be misunderstanding it. It is just created from a different starting point and so expresses a slightly different proposition.

“The aim is to submerge form that starting premise into sonic territories closer to New Classic, a certain experimental folk and the shredded expressiveness of the double bass, comfortably sitting on eastern tonalities and subtle winks or the Japanese Shakuhachi.”


Ramos Sania’s use of the double bass is not unlike the sound of a cello – it has the same emotional impact, though somewhat darker than usual. Botánica de Balcón presents rather introspective ‘neo-classical’ music – but with a refreshing ‘twist’: Comelles – seemingly taking on a more supporting role here – colors the string sounds with his subtle electronics while at the same time defining the unique position of this enchanting music.

Peter Van Cooten. AmbientBlog

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Incredible album. You really have to let go of everything and just listen deeply. Favourite track: Cleistocactus Strausii.

Thomas Wick 

Idly eddying around a neo-classical, ambient, minimal twilight zone the strings, field recordings, sparing electronics, guitar, bass & Middle Eastern evoking oud of Rafa Ramos Sania & Edu Comelles' new LP for Archives is easing me gently & very nicely into this new week.

TheSlowMusicMovement

An impressive example of organic ambience, beautiful aural landscapes produced with natural sounds and instruments.

A truly stunning work...

rikm 

Archives thinks out of the box with this piece. Great take on modern classical and electroacoustic after mikael linds contingencies. Do some more of this!

In.Visible.Generator 


Very promising debut collaboration, stays more on the side of lovely and lonely, than dark and doomed, but I feel like Rafa with that double bass definitely has it in him to bare some teeth and push out some serious rhythms based on his solo work. Reminds me a bit of the recent 'Vast' by Viktor Orri Árnason and Yair Elazar Glotman. Either way, worth buying and hoping there is more to come from these two. Favorite track: Chlorophytum Comosum.

Lost Tribe Sound