Heezen - Abandoned Memory CD (Feutlab) SPAIN

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Heezen - Abandoned Memory CD (Feutlab) SPAIN

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I wanted to shed a bit of light on an impressive recording that came out recently.  The artist is Raul Fuentes and he works under the name Heezen, his release is titled  Abandoned Memory.   Recalls an almost Sylvian-type ambience, or a great recording by Animal Hospital called Memory on Barge a few years back.

It is fantastic from start to finish - he has delicately assembled field recordings with distant loops, and ghostly voices. Restrained guitar feedback drone with chimes falling like snow on "Bologna" are just one example of the brilliance of this recording. 

‘Abandoned Memory’ (Feutlab, 2015) is the fourth album from Raul Fuentes/Heezen, after ‘Golden Flow’ (Inrecs, 2009) and ‘Omiyage’ (LEA, 2012), both recorded using only field recordings, and ‘Secret Speech’ (12rec, 2006). 
‘Abandoned Memory’ was recorded and mixed by Raül between 2009 and 2013, using field recordings, guitar, synthesizers, found objects and found sounds, as he did in his debut album, ‘Secret Speech’. Among these found objects there was an old and deteriorated Czech reel­to­reel tape recorder, and a tape reel in pretty bad condition with home recordings made in the late 60’s. Memories of their former owners, of which it could be guessed or imagined that were Spanish emigrants who in the late 60’s were living somewhere in Germany, that brings us to the present southern Europe. Some of these recordings and other sounds produced by this artifact: hiss, hum, distortion, etc, have been part of ‘Abandoned Memory’, where in addition, Raül mixes different analog and digital techniques to create impressionist collages about time and ephemeral memories. 

The artwork is a geometric collage made with found photos, printed digitally on bi­fold 300 gr/m2 ecological paper (size: 13.6cm x14.2 cm closed) obtained from algae. All copies are numbered. Edition of 200.

 

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