LANGUIS - Unithematic
[Simballrec,
www.simballrec.com]

LANGUIS - The Four Walls
[Plug Research,
www.plugresearch.com]

Languis is an Argentinean [US based] duo, made up of Marco Chloca and Alejandro Cohen. Though they've been around for the last fourteen years, their releases are sparse. Let's look at two of these records. Melodies are an integral part of the duo's main raison d'etre. Though they do use electronics and synths in a major way, "Unithematic" [dating back to 2000] is more concerned with their softer and melodic side. The first thing that grabbed me about the record was the luscious atmosphere which this duo lays out. Space-like synth drones melted with high-pitched radio frequencies and acoustic guitars, as well as analog synths create an aura of calm and restful oneness. It's almost as if the world stood still for me while listening to this release. Then, when the soft beats take centre stage [as on "Clouded Vision"], and some heavily treated wistful vocals are added, the mood is laid back and downright lazy. I've no idea what the Languis sound was like prior to this record, but this is definitely a song-oriented trek into a softer, gentler world, where the digital can peacefully coexist with the analogue. Some will say this is just head-space music or space age doodling. I say, forget about those damn labels and give me the pleasantries of "Unithematic" to get rid of my headache now.

Moving the calendar ahead by 4 years, we get "The Four Walls". This time around, Languis seem to have made a conscious decision to spice things up a little and add more live instrumentation. They hired the talents of Chris Hathwell to man the drum set. Guitarist Paul Larson is a central mainstay of this record, giving it an edgier feel. The ambience of "Unithematic" is gone as is the softer, gentler electronic approach that they favoured on that record. The duo now concentrates on vocals [though they're highly difficult to comprehend] and the song structure is officially at the forefront. The overwhelming analog synths are still ever present, giving the pieces huggable and cozy warmth. A ballad such as "Side of the Road" is ethereal, while the vocals are reminiscent of Syd Barrett, circa one of his solo efforts from early 70's. There is nothing really dangerous or inapproachable about the duo, as they simply tread their own path in search of the perfect pop song. Other than college or public radio [who may give them some exposure], their sounds will linger on deep down in the caves of the underground. And that's a real crime.

Tom Sekowski


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