There is sophistication to the unique brand of electronic music pioneered by Murcof, a Spanish artist. At a relatively young forty-six years old, his discography is vast, spanning most of the last two decades, ranging everywhere from prog rock to neo-classical.
Pertinent to writers are two of his early albums, Martes + Utopia, in which Murcof explores an earth toned minimalism. The beats are crisp and clean, pitter pats like tin roof rain rather than thunder. The production is clean, often no more than a few ticks and static. Adding a sense of melody, Murcof sprinkles in assorted other instruments as compliment, piano flourishes, resounding cellos and a few strident keys as accents. On a linguistic note, all of the tracks on Martes are titled with M words, on Utopia they’re titled with words beginning in U.
Undeniably spacey, Murcof also manages to convey an organic sensibility in all of his songs. Sometimes I need the music that I’m writing with to feature a progressive tempo and everything contained on these two albums crackles at a brisk clip. These songs, evocative of wide open, desert spaces, straddle that rare space between active and contemplative.
Another appealing aspect to Martes + Utopia is how long the two albums run back to back. Put them on at the outset of your next marathon writing session and just… let go. Weighing in at a robust sixteen tracks, it’s almost an hour and forty minutes of conceptually stimulating music.
If you’d like to check out Martes + Utopia from The Leaf Label, here’s where you can get a copy.
For Bandcamp listeners, here is the link to both records.
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