MORE VINYL AND CD COPIES OF "LAGUNA" ARE AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS EDITIONS HERE AT OSCARSON:
I can't deny the excitement for this release when back in late 2014 Matthias from Oscarson introduced me to the label and proposed a publication of an original album on vinyl. the format itself emanates a certain degree of charm, there's no doubt about that, and I was willing not to miss the chance of delivering some music with special meaning, if not some concept behind it.
during the year 2015 I started working on the record - very slowly, those who collaborated or are collaborating with me know that. in the beginning I was at home, then in Germany and finally back. the "mood" set by the events in my life during this time-frame shaped the record, got rid of certain parts and introduced new elements. I was determined to use every minute available on both sides of the vinyl.
the result tells about the birth of a love in a certain space-time, a long scene set in the Venice laguna, mid 1980s until nowadays.
this album has been inspired by my homeland, and it is dedicated to my mother.
+++ review by Stationary Travels +++
There is an especially acute sense of stillness on this album, a genuine feeling of wistful nostalgia and memories frozen in time. Over the past few albums TVSF has gravitated more and more toward organic sounds and a minimalist approach that makes ample use of space and embraces modern classical elements. It turns out to be the ideal formula for this moving and lovingly crafted inward journey and personal history told through music.
The highlight of side A is “millennial underwater forest”, a ten-minute long electroacoustic gem that blends the watery sounds, crackling amps, and gentle arcs of chorused reverb inducing a dream-like state in the listener. On side B, modern classical elements come more clearly into focus through the overlapping layers of bowed instrumentation of “terra emersa” and the starkly beautiful solo piano lines of “fragments in water” which are mirrored in the more textured and evocative abstractions of “water in fragments” into which it seamless flows.
As the album gently drifts toward its conclusion, there is a palpable sense of melancholy, first in the warbling acoustic guitar which serves as a prelude to reverie on “currents” and the yearning drones of “the foul walk”. The patience with which Beckmann approached the album is very much in evidence throughout. It is a beautiful and weightless suspension of time, well crafted and finely spun without a note or sound misplaced that might spoil the illusion. Definitely my favorite work of his so far and arguably his best.