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CAN YOU HEAR THE DRUMS FERNANDO?

Murcof: Ulysses (Leaf)

By Sheikh Ahmed

Even further explorations of the classical / electronic axis from the Mexican-based artist.

Having honed his skills on the critically-lauded 'Martes' album. This is further proof of how to skillfully orchestrate emotion and nuance from digital software. The resulting two tracks aren't admittedly a million miles from the brooding compositions that made up his debut. But the process has changed.

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Here, live instrumentation is introduced rather than samples of existing sounds. This allows Murcof to attach a subtle and gradual progression of ideas against the slow-burning timeline. Of the two, the title track works best. With gentle sweeps of the violin; he builds up a cresendo of clicks, ticks and pulses with seemingly random abandon. Before the final phase of a deep moving 4/4 beat takes the track to it's logical conclusion.

'Urano' is less immediate and requires your full attention. Beatless, weightless and with no discernable beginning or end; this is a moodier, edgier piece. Like a constantly evolving soundtrack and we just happened to drop by for ten minutes.

Originally published in Absorb - June 2003

"Fernando (Murcof) once did a gig at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London and he stayed over with me in Muswell Hill. For a day out I ended up taking him to Toff's the local award-winning fish restaurant where he destroyed some cod, chips and mushy peas like a true hero."