Sunday, December 4, 2011
Architeuthis Rex - "Urania" (2011) [Utech Records]
Architeuthis Rex, the latest musical incarnation of experimental artist Antonio Gallucci and his wife, Francesca Marongiu, takes on the more atmospheric, legendary, ominous representation of the giant squid with their newest full-length, Urania. A glorious, dense mix of dub, drone, krautrock, and heavy, synthesizer-led electronica, the duo of Gallucci and Marongiu's deep, oceanic music takes the listener to the very bottom of the Mariana Trench and, simultaneously, to the furthest reaches of deep space. At one moment Urania is a swirling mass of ambiance, and at the next a foreboding, grating meditation in distorted synthesizers and drum machines, Architeuthis Rex has taken on a much more diverse, but unified approach with this new album, and it is wholly rewarding.. Are there giant, galaxy-crushing squids in space? Logic says no, but Architeuthis Rex says yes, yes, yes.
Urania is perfect for those late nights where time seems to stop, or if you're into, ahem, certain "controlled substances." Dreamy, spacey, and oddly mystical, Architeuthis Rex have definitely carved a squid-shaped space in my heart in which they will reside for a good while. Utech Records (who put on an amazing festival this last July) did an outstanding job with packaging, as always, featuring the artwork of one Reuben Sawyer, professionally known as Rainbath Visual. Be sure to grab this - you will probably like it.