With breathtaking mountain ranges, regular volcanic activity and striking black sand beaches, Bali is affectionately known as the ‘Island of the Gods’. Adopting that as its name, a brand new label fascinated with the indigenous rhythms of Balinese Gamelan music emerged last year, serving up Hipnotik Tradisi, an album built around field recordings Black Merlin procured on a trip to the Indonesian province. The first in a series of albums recorded on the island, a second instalment has just been announced courtesy of Melody As Truth founder Jonny Nash and Lindsay Todd AKA House Of Traps, the Edinburgh-based label owner best known for running Firecracker Recordings.
An amalgam of manipulated field recordings, pitter patter percussion and lush, pillowy ambience, Nash and Todd’s 12-track album goes some way to resembling Bali’s humid tropical climate. A compelling project to begin with, future releases from the likes of Young Marco and DFA affiliate Tim Goldsworthy look set to consolidate this fledgling label’s buy-on-sight status.
Fauna Mapping is out November 6th on Island of the Gods.