Released on Australian imprint Analogue Attic, Lake Monger is the first LP from newcomer and composer Jack Burton. The record, in line with the labels nature-inspired aesthetic, is presumably based on the large urban wetland outside of Perth. Pondering on early ’90s ambient, with moments of club-like euphoria and experimental composition, the peak of the record culminates with a twelve minute title-track divided into three parts.
‘Part I’ opens with cascading arpeggiated frequencies. Moving as an aural time-lapse, synthesisers dance like dappled sunlight reflected on the lakes surface swelling and fading, as clouds would obstruct the sunlight. Building tension and suspense, an arpeggiated bassline wiggles through the track, suggesting something darker moving in the depths of the lake. Crystalline synths build in frequency and speed, as familiar-distant-cry-like echoes resonate across its surface.
Lake Monger, renowned for its beauty and rare black swans was, prior to European colonisation, named “home fire or camp” by the Noongar people indigenous to the region. Associated with the lake are the myths of Wagyl, a ‘serpent being’ who travels towards the sea. Deviating from his route, he emerges from the ground creating Lake Monger. The climax of ‘Part II’ mirrors this crackling eruption from the earth. Bleeps, chimes and analogue snaps scrape into a euphoric combustion, like the shaking dry of feathers, retracting into a fractured ambient composition and gradually gliding into the distance.
‘Part III’ concludes with a distant drum beat over heart-breaking saccharine pads and chords. The myth lives on in Burton’s sublime release – an experimental and complete LP, it contemplates the subtle intricacies and spirituality of the natural world.
The Lake Monger EP is out may 25th on Analogue Attic – pre-order here.