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SPECTRA (label notes by Paul Bradley)

Having collaborated with (amongst others) Pablo Reche and Dale Lloyd on a number of netlabel releases and compilations for the likes of ‘Non Visual Objects’ and ‘Earlabs’, Ubeboet (Madrid based Miguel A. Tolosa & owner of the netlabel ‘Con-v’) brings us his first full-length solo release.

Spectra is a simply gorgeous work that begins with the aptly titled ‘Premia Lucis’ and sets the scene for a series of hazy, drifting tracks that seem to blow in on the breeze and evaporate again with languid ease. Snatches of melodies are weaved together amongst dreamlike drones that guide us to a brighter light, elevating us towards the promise of something greater.

An enlightened, wonderfully composed album that Twenty Hertz are proud to bring you.

Twenty Hertz asks Miguel Angel Tolosa:

1. You're based in Madrid, Spain. How does this inmediate environment impact on your music?

Despite Madrid being the noisiest european city (sharing this honour with Rome), my sound interaction with the city is minimal. I tend to use field recordings taken from rural spaces or domestic environments.

2. There is a religious overtone to 'spectra', in the title of some tracks and also within the imaginery.
Can you tell me a little more about this, was this a big influence on 'spectra'?

Well, there's definitely not a specific religious mood/vain in this work; there's a residual (not induced) imaginery pointing to some western spiritual tradition but not in a religious sense; this work talks about spectres, ghostified inner landscapes, residues of the memory, the presence of the past in the present, etc.

3. Musically 'spectra' sounds like a departure from your previous work. Was this intentional change?

Yes, definitely; the idea of 'spectra' came to me in the summer of 2004, but ina vague form; two years later I started to develop the first sketches of it.

4. Do you see your music as a form of non-verbal communication?

Not exactly; I think the idea of 'communication' in music has became a cliche over the years, a topic that many artists repeat over and over. The best way for communicating is to write. I don't know what the final objective of music is; I guess, as in all art, to make people feel better, to make them better people.