If there was a Top Of The Pops for DIY electronics, then St Leidal the 2nd‘s slice of sun-kissed exotica heaven would probably be number one for months to come. Up and coming Hungarian producer, András Leidal had explored practically everything between shoegaze and acid before starting his solo project, St Leidal the 2nd in 2009 - he is part of Wedding Acid Group’s trio, whose anthology was released on Farbwechsel this past spring.
Following a couple of self-released EPs and a refined release on 8ounce records, Future Tiberian Baths is András’s most accomplished work to date. Similarly to St Leidal’s previous works, it is a collection of sample laden, beat driven songs that sound like listening to an octopus jamming to a sleazy 80s teenage movie theme from the inside of an aquarium. These eight originals are all built from an almost transparent fabric that melts both your mind and your body, recalling the best moments of vaporwave. What makes St Leidal the 2nd stand out though is his effortless, almost minimalistic approach that lets him fuse hopeful melancholy and nostalgia with an array of influences with suave ease and confidence.
The package also includes the introspective remixes of Farbwechsel’s two home-grown, internationally renowned talents, Route 8 (Lobster Theremin, Nous, Bokhari) and Norwell (Beachcoma, Cleaning Tapes).
supported by 5 fans who also own “Future Tiberian Baths vol. 1”
Karen Gwyer unfolds through three long and interesting pieces a focused array of old-school synthesizers and psychedelic influences.
While the last track Hippie Fracca is much closer to ambient and could remind the soundtrack of a 70's movie taking place in space, the first two patiently build frenetic techno patterns holding an incredible emotional charge, climaxing in You Big when it combines the pump organ drones and the errating vocals.
Incredible EP on a fantastic label. Dotflac