Lyon, France-based experimental group Ashinoa are today announcing their second album, ‘L’Orée’, and sharing the first single and video, ‘Disguised In Orbit’. Due out on March 25th via Fuzz Club Records, ‘L’Orée’ sees Ashinoa take the listener on a journey through the natural wilderness via the medium of shape-shifting psychedelic electronics. The album builds on the minimal krautrock of their 2019 debut ‘Sinie Sinie’ LP and follows tours around France and shared stages with the likes of Metz, Flamingods, Warmduscher, Bo Ningen, Kikagaku Moyo and many more. You can stream the first single ‘Disguised In Orbit’ and its accompanying video.
At times percussive and dancey, at others hypnotic and cinematic, the largely synthesiser-driven soundscapes of ‘L’Orée’ feel both of the past and the future. It’s the sound of two different worlds – a record capable of being as primal and ritualistic as it is synthesised and digitally manipulated. That ‘L’Orée’ explores a more natural and organic sound than heard on their previous releases owes largely to the environment it was made in. Recorded in a tucked-away house in the French countryside that bordered on a surrounding forest, Ashinoa recall sessions spent soaking up their surroundings with a number of collaborators coming in and out to perform on the record:
“The house we recorded the album in was kind of in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by douglas pine trees. From this proximity to the forest, we wanted to take our soundscapes to a place we’ve never been before. Before we were surrounded by concrete, and then far from it. We were looking for a new listening place, to discover new intriguing sounds. We had laid down the basis of the album and then musician friends that would visit us at the time were invited to participate in the making of the album, each one of them bringing a touch of their own.”
Complete with choppy polyrhythmic percussion, hypnotic electronics and a deep psychotropic groove, ‘Disguided In Orbit’ – the first taste of the forthcoming ‘L’Orée’ LP – is as primal and ritualistic as they come. Talking about the single, Ashinoa said: “This song feels like those beautiful night skies. You’re feeling tipsy, a bit high maybe. When the colours surrounding you aren’t really what they seem. Everything sparkles like crazy as if everything was disguised.”