Good morning, friends. I’m finally taking a little break and going away for a couple of weeks, reflecting on the last year [and all the gorgeous music, of course], but before I leave, I wanted to share with you this beautiful piece by ILUITEQ + Lorenzo Montanà who came together for a new collaborative album, Katà Métron, scheduled to be released on the always forward pushing n5MD this March. The Greek expression “katà métron” means “according to the right measure”, which is all about balance, harmony and the right attitude towards everything around us. “More often than not, the dominant model is to go beyond our limits and have a “sense of measure” is not capitalistically profitable as we must nourish our constant desire to always wish for more, not caring for the consequences of such a “bulimic” attitude.” With this theme in mind, the group created a rich and textural ambient sound, underscored with rhythmic and percussive elements to drive the storyline forward, expanding outwards like a vaporous blanket of mist. There are ethos (and echoes) of the classic ambient passages traversed by Montanà, who is undoubtedly familiar with this sonic geography via his work on labels such as FAX with Pete Namlook (check out the Labyrinth series). Here, the Italian ambient duo of Sergio Calzoni and Andrea Bellucci, whom I profiled before as ILUITEQ, apply a modern electronic twist to what becomes a perfect fit for Mike Cadoo’s meticulously curated label. Check out this track, as well as the accompanying video, which captures the movement.
The track “Noesi” embodies all the elements of the multifaceted, collaborative album between ILUITEQ and Lorenzo Montanà: ambient textures reminding of a bygone era, minimal percussive lines, and plucked string sounds rich with ethnic flavor. The song and the album “Katà Métron” are deeply inspired by ancient Greek philosophy. According to the philosopher Plato, “Noesi” is the highest knowledge of the eternal forms or ideas.
Once again, the full album, Katà Métron, will be out on March 8th, 2024, via n5MD, available as a digital release and on a limited edition white vinyl.