Arovane & Hior Chronik / Into my own (ASIPV009)

Arovane & Hior Chronik return to A Strangely Isolated Place with their second album as a duo, following 2015's 'In-between'.

'Into my own' finds Arovane and Hior experimenting with distinctive feelings, styles and moments throughout the twelve tracks, creating an album full of twists and turns. Featuring a similar ethereal ambience to 'In-between', delicate instruments, field recordings and more melodic electronic influences are now apparent, forming a tangible storyline, as the duo leave you standing on the edge of a journey unknown, lost and lonesome, a soundtrack to anticipated escapism. 

Conjuring many moments of discovery as you step foot into this unknown world, the appreciation of finer details and textures slowly become apparent. You wander apprehensively across fresh autumn leaves, crisp from the morning's fog amidst a glowing soft light as day turns to night. 

Field recordings add a new depth to the duo's productions, alongside the frequent manipulation of the piano, harpsichord and vibraphone. The infamous guises of the Una Corda however, forms the backbone of the album; a guiding star as you navigate through a dense forest, unexplored crystal caves and shimmering rivers.

Balancing organic, analog tones and more metallic, experimental approaches, the duo have once again found a harmonious balance of ambient, instrumental and electronic sounds that transport you into a new world; a familiar yet unexplored territory that holds your hand, as you come into your own.

"One of my wishes is that those dark trees, 
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze, 
Were not, as ’twere, the merest mask of gloom, 
But stretched away unto the edge of doom."

- Robert Frost (“Into My Own” - 1915) 

'Into my own' will be available on double transparent LP housed in a matte gatefold sleeve & digital download, with artwork by Nick Brzostowski. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio

So lovely, just chiming, very simply in the dark of the night...
— Mary Anne Hobbs - BBC Radio6
For fans of Lilies-era Arovane there is much here that will please your ears
— Igloo Mag

'Into my own' track list:

01. Pilgrim
02. We Just Scratched The Surface
03. Ein Kleines Lied
04. Walk On Leaves
05. Dornenreich
06. Perpetuum II
07. Lightbeams
08. It Turned Blue
09. The Return
10. Lyyrian
11. Morning Fog
12. Stars Collide

Release date: August 28th 2017

Format:
Transparent 12" vinyl, matte-laminated sleeve & digital download

All tracks written and produced by Arovane and Hior Chronik
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri @ Black Knoll Studio
Artwork by Nick Brzostowski

A kind of melancholy hovering in infinite lightness circumnavigates the ear and the soul; one lifts immediately and glides gently to the future.
— Das Filter