[AMB1907] Albrecht La'Brooy - Healesville

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[AMB1907] Albrecht La'Brooy - Healesville


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A1. Afternoon Carafe 

A2. Tractor (Featuring Oliver Paterson) 

B1. Alex’s Lullaby 

B2. Healesville (Featuring Badskin & Joseph Batrouney) 

B3. Sean’s Lullaby

'Healesville' was recorded in a mud-brick hut on a strawberry crop in the Melbourne countryside. Setting up their favoured musical equipment, which included two pianos, a Waldorf, a Nord and a clutch of microphones the long-form improvisations began.

"The physical construct of the hut imparted a warm and acoustically interesting environment to record in," Alex explains. "It also allowed us to be as close to the strawberry crop itself - we positioned a mic out the window to capture the recordings of the sound outside. During one of the sessions, a harvest was taking place, and you can hear tractors passing and workers talking and laughing in the recording.

The resulting drowsy pieces were completely improvised (augmented by percussionist Joseph Batrouney, guitarist Carla Oliver (Badskin) and guitarist Oliver Patterson), freeform recordings that explores themes of relaxation, sleep and dreams; somnambulant piano figures are caressed with delicate guitar passages bathed in the bucolic field recordings of the Healesville environs.

Recording the album proved to be as relaxing and civilised a process as listening to it: "We cooked nice dinners, enjoyed good wines, and took plenty of walks through the landscape to break up the sessions," Alex shares. The resulting record is one of quietly sozzled majesty - a delicate fusion of ambient electronic textures, live instrumentation and field recordings that beguiles and soothes the listener in these troubled times.