‘Synapses’ is Walca’s newest album. And from it, spawns a bloom of goodness in the form of ‘Nagra’.
A bittersweet, entanglement of the dampness of life and love and everything in between. A distant-far, arm’s length embrace – both cold and warm, searching for a grandness that isn’t with us any longer. A memory that isn’t with us any further. The regrets that haunt us forever, in between.
The 7 track album is a fulfilling trip, filled with ornamental thoughts and rivalries, that drapes with empathy and certain personalities of view. A gripping rendition, the dancing feet of the listener trips across the smooth guidance of stones unturned.
It’s an experience.
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”Scientists have recently claimed that we have an attention span of 11 seconds and we’d very much like to prove them wrong”, says Sebastian Furrer, one half of swedish duo WALCA. In cahoots with Argentina born guitarist Federico Pinna, Furrer has turned their fascination for sound design and audio landscapes into their debut album, ”Synapses”. Almost entirely instrumental, the more you listen to it the songs segue into an eternal space where melody and sonic tranquility are entwined. Pinna’s guitar playing may bring the summer sketches of The Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly to mind, the scope of ideas update sonic relatives like the progressive balearica of A Mountain of One or fellow Swedish travellers Studio. But without sounding like any of them. There’s a crispy freshness to WALCA that couldn’t have been achieved in any other time than right now. Pinna himself says the duo formed in 2017 through their mutual love for the possibilites of Bon Ivers ”22, A million”. The innovative works of Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins and latter day Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) further encouraged Furrer & Pinna to move their goalposts towards what, three years later, became ”Synapses”. Until that moment Furrer had spent most of the last decade on the road as a successful international DJ. WALCA and ”Synapses” is the escape route, a musical sanctuary of post-club fatigue. ”Synapses” may have (some of) its roots in modern electronic music but its sound landscapes offer – for artist and listener alike – a brand new start: music for a slow day on a cosmic shore. ”I sincerely wish we could get people to appreciate instrumental music again. It may not be easy but it would be lovely, wouldn’t it?”, says Furrer. As a DJ and artist-producer (as Cazzette) Furrer was a vital part of the previous decades ’digital maximalism’ – this is its sonic come down, a new spiritual beginning. Equal parts hypnotic and serene but more than anything ”Synapses” is the warm and embracing – dare one say ambient? – sound of clouds passing by and slowly shifting shapes right before our eyes. Written by: @andreslokko 📸 by: @zebastianh