Architectural – Amour
Out today, here’s a lovely ambient album from Architectural (Juan Rico aka Reeko). The album’s a range of architectural styles. But all with clean lines and simple forms. This takes in everything from modernism, to classicism. A quite beautiful album of ambient techno.
Juan Rico, a.k.a. Reeko and a handful of other aliases, is a consistent and reliable ambassador of a Spanish techno scene that has brought us everything from Oscar Mulero to Tadeo. In his Architectural guise (which is also the name of his personal releasing imprint), Rico has developed a penchant for perfectly interlocking sonic elements and for a structural sensibility that delivers on the promises of advanced engineering implied by his artist’s pseudonym. The first result of his new alliance with the Wolfskuil label is a full LP that dispenses with the formalities of ‘introducing’ listeners to the artist, and simply dives straight in to depths of his active mind.
So just what type of ‘architecture’ is in store for listeners on this album? One immediately gets the impression of something massive and towering, yet open to the elements and with a fascinating view of the surrounding landscape for miles around. This feel comes through especially clear on the opening “Aura”, the poignant and chorally inflected “Il Mare,” and the closing “Sentir” (in which a voice repeatedly intones “I’m looking down” to emphasize the feeling of being a visitor to a world of imagined architecture). In Rico’s imaginary structures you can feel both the wind on your face and the steady, unfaltering pulse of the power grid. This is the case for the remarkably colorful “Lacrimosa,” which is powered by a ‘vintage futuristic’ solo synth singing over a backing chorus of chopped and chattering electric current. It also holds true for “Delicatezza,” in which a huge, yawning orchestral swell repeatedly crashes down like ocean waves upon the supporting structure of Rico’s techno towers.