After a stunning three part compilation released in the second half of 2014, Dutch label Field is back with another album project, this time from American producer Christopher Ernst, aka L’estasi Dell'oro, who also records as Penalune and is co-founder of the Voodoo Down label.
Before now, Ernst has proved himself to be adept at crafting deep and atmospheric, excellently ambient techno on a range of labels. Varying his tempos and textures, he does acid, raw stuff, tough beats and more industrial grooves. Across this new 8-track album, all this and more is explored in captivating fashion.
Opener ‘Premeditating the First Gate’ is a frantic affair with hurried, buried deep percussion, obscured vocal mutterings and ghetto claps. It sets and ominous and uneasy mood before ‘Neue Bahnen’ marries supple kick drums with haunting, icy chords and scurrying little synth squeals. ‘I Know I Know’ flips the script and offers some blissful, spring-like ambient, while ‘Wavefront’ settles into a deep, minimalistic techno groove and gets fleshed out with coarse metal textures, whining pads and distant sirens.
The innovative and intriguing journey continues on ‘Kingdom of America’ with its imperfect drums, various synth sheets and spoken word female monologue. It strikes a darkly celestial vibe before the swampy, heady grooves of ‘Bit Back Straight Spine’, ambient soothings of Did It Good and frazzled, hard mid tempo techno closer ‘A Much Updated Ruin’ round out the hugely varied LP in apocalyptic fashion.
This is an expressive and expansive modern techno album from L'estasi Dell'oro that is perfectly at home on the always interesting Field label.