La Equidistancia (‘the equidistance’) is an extraordinarily apt title for the first-fruits of a newly formed creative partnership between Leandro Fresco and Rafael Anton Irisarri just released by A Strangely Isolated Place. It can be seen as a nod to the meeting of creative minds over long geographical distances (Fresco in Argentina and Irisarri in New York) but the album also intersects some musical and symbolic midpoints as it consummately strikes a balance between careful sound design and raw emotion, between melodic sensibility and textural aesthetics, and between melancholic reflection and purifying catharsis. In the sublime center of all of these things we find these six beautifully constructed, soul-searching instrumentals that are capable of forging a powerful human connection.
I really love that grainy aspect you can hear in the music, degraded in a way, like it’s been trough some rough patches (as both Lean and I have been through over the years)…There’s a lot of sadness and memories in the music. I feel that one most embrace this sadness and share it; make others know we are not so different; not alone in this world”. – Rafael Anton Irisarri
While ambient music can frequently take its time in reeling the listener into its web, La Equidistancia instantly enthralls and never lets go. The haunting “Cuando El Misterio Es Demasiado Impresionante, Es Imposible Desobedecer” is only the beginning of a gorgeous immersion in sumptuous layers of sound embroidered with an abundance of textural and melodic narrative cues and a surprising depth of feeling. Especially moving are the transcendent guitars which reach for the light on the album’s centerpiece, “Lo Esencial Es Invisible A Los Ojos” and the stunning final coda, “Un Horizonte En Llamas” (‘A horizon in flames’).
La Equidistancia can be ordered from A Strangely Isolated Place in a limited edition marbled black & white vinyl LP (150 copies) or as a digital download in a variety of formats.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The label has announced a delay on the vinyl while they await a repressing, but don’t refrain from ordering if you are interested as only a handful of copies are not already spoken for and a download code will be provided immediately.