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Dolphins Into the Future :: A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE

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Dolphins Into the Future :: A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE
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Dolphins Into the Future :: A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE

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From the NNA Tapes Website:

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NNA042:
 Dolphins Into The Future “A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance” c38

Naturalist visionary Lieven Martens brings us along the latest voyage of his musical vessel, Dolphins Into The Future. “A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance” induces a state of lucid dreaming where we experience tales of romance, stargazing, cosmic motion, and eternity. Not unlike a painter’s brush, Martens utilizes a sound palette of colorful, synthesized organics to bring the listener directly into the vivid and exotic world that Dolphins has spent years cultivating. After much anticipation, we’re very pleased to offer the latest creation of a true hero of the Nu New Age.

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Boomkat:
NNA afford a fascinating glimpse into the stranger corners of Lieven Martens' mind with the follow-up to his transporting 'Canto Arquipélago' LP for Underwater Peoples Records. For those unfamiliar with Martens' oeuvre, he's released a glut of soothingly hypnagogic compositions obsessed with new age and polynesian ambient themes on tapes and records for stacks of interesting underground labels, mostly in smaller runs, and counts the likes of Simon Reynolds and James Ferraro as big fans of his. With 'A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance' we're first made privy to his more sinister side on 'The moon shone mildly over the hills, prompting strange dreams in all creatures…'. A down-pitched chorale introduces the piece, which is gradually visited by alien squawks and glassy melodic timbres with unnervingly slow and spiked pacing. It's counterpart, 'Guiding polyphonies (Looped voices of dreamtime. Repeated waves of chorals)…' which is curiously the exact same length (the same episode in a parallel reality?) features the distant sound of water drumming looped under mesmerizing chant until a queer diversion into glassy aloe vera exotica recreates the ambience of Dr. Jacoby's office. Highly Recommended.

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Mimaroglu:
april 2012 release ; ... sounding like a mix between the various charles / richard band film-scores & thewoozyarbitrarily placed squiggle of nuno canavarro’s “plux quba,” this is a fine piece ofcontemporary exotica, divined from the airborne intuitition of neptune hisself ...

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No Fear of Pop:

Co-premiere with Ad Hoc Let’s be honest: when it comes to all things "new age," you’re probably either a believer, or you're not. And no matter what we say about the latest tape by Antwerp’s Lieven Martens, aka Dolphins Into the Future, it’s not gonna change your mind. A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance is the loop artist’s second release under his principal guise this year, following last month’s Canto Arquipélago on Underwater Peoples. That LP was dedicated to the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, allegedly home to Martens’ “Cetacean Nation Studios,” where he creates most of his work. A Star Maker takes up the concept of Canto Arquipélago, opening with the sort of seagull and lapping water sounds that defined the LP. Overall, however, it rides less on nature-worshipping ambience than its predecessor, and is more sparsely instrumented. The 18 minutes of side A, up for streaming below, are loosely divided into three individual tracks: “The moon shone mildly over the hills, prompting strange dreams in all creatures (a symbolic lucid poem, echoed by the night bird arriving from the faraway coast of chorals)," "Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker (here’s to you, dear Olaf!)," and a reprise of “The moon….” The title of the first track basically says it all: after the oceanic sounds have decayed, we hear the slightly muffled and distant voice of a male singer. He interprets said poem for about six minutes, subtly supported by chimes and the occasional cries of tropical birds. The second track, loosely textured and composed mainly of shimmering, chirping noises, is of course a tribute to the principal work of British science fiction author Olaf Stapledon, whose 1937 Star Maker novel revolving around the “progressive unity within and between different civilizations.” This theme that may very well reflect Martens’ fictional existence as the spiritual ambassador of a future, truly liberated life in the oceans, which brings us back to what I said at the outset. A Star Maker, Strange Dreams, and Clairvoyance is out on NNA Tapes.
-Henning Lahmann

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Impose Magazine:

Today NNA Tapes dropped a batch (batch dropping! the new way to release in 2012!) and the first one to tumble out onto my speakers was the new Dolphins Into the Future. Lieven Martens, the ebbulient Belgian behind the project, has been steadily droppng for several years now (the Discogs page is a lot to deal with), most notably, in my mind, a wonderful split with Monopoly Child Star Searchers (Spencer Clark from Skaters) in 2009 that I remember first catching my eye.

We have the first side here for you to stream, and it's pretty amazing. DITF combines what sounds like a modified theremin or an auto-tuned saw, or just maybe some really creepy Birdsongs of the Mesozoic-type vocals with lots of deftly-placed, tinkling bells and other less identifiable ocean sounds. DITF is obsessed with sounds of the ocean, but also sounds of the historical ocean, and he applies this obsession to his work with the mission statement "I create Cetacean transfers". While listening to this work, you might experience a temporal transfer for sure. Definitely one to pick up.

Dolphins Into the Future, A Star Maker Strange Dreams and Clairvoyance (Side A)

Also worth noting: if you are on Belgian time you can check out Martens' radio show, which they don't archive and starts at 4 am EST. If you hear it, can you let us know how it is?

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