Crossing styles and boundaries, Holographic Codex is a mixture of atmospheric ambience, IDM sequences and psybient textures; these cult Italian musicians create a blending of ritualistic soundscapes and technogenic landscapes. Alio Die has over 60 releases, some on America’s Projekt Records and others on his own Hic Sunt Leones label. Montana recorded 5 collaborations with Pete Namlook on Pete’s German FAX label, plus released 10 solo albums with various European imprints.
On their first collaboration, Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà create transporting and alluring aural sceneries of evolving, intimate sounds. Featuring intriguing beats seldom heard on Alio Die albums and a greater use of textural, granular synths than past releases from Montanà, Holographic Codex is awash in mystical drones and cosmic impulses surrounded by subtle hints towards the atmosphere of the Renaissance.
Standout tracks include the early 70s Tangerine Dream-flavoring of “Silent Rumon” and the psybient escapism of the opener, “Muns de Etrah.”
Distant echoes of ancient monastery, choral voices of lost languages, and musical structures of shifting melodic and textural passages reveal that Holographic Codex is a secret code: a precise and skillfully crafted mantra of hypnotic sonic depth and symbolic fragments. A revealing listening experience.3 hearts