Published Apr 10, 2015The FRKWYS series — curated by the Brooklyn-based RVNG Intl. imprint — pairs contemporary artists from the experimental underground with should-be legendary musicians of considerable pedigree. Krautrock synthesist Harald Grosskopf was teamed up with Emeralds and soundtrack composer Alan Howarth; Blues Control crosses swords with new age wizard Laraaji; most famously, Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras travelled to Jamaica to jam with the Congos. For the series' 12th release, French INA-GRM alumnus and astral voyager Ariel Kalma joins hands with synth/vocal conjurer Lichens, who for the first time is issuing music under his own name.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is relatively well known for his signature blend of haunting vocal tones and modular synth explorations, while Kalma was recently re-introduced to the world via the utterly gorgeous An Evolutionary Music compilation, which compiled some of his compositions from the 1970s and was also issued via RVNG Intl. The two musicians complement each other perfectly, as Kalma's tape work and saxophone blend seamlessly with the vocal vortices and synthetic visions conjured by Lowe.
Listening to these evocative emanations is like peering inward into an unsullied soul; the trappings of daily life melt away and one becomes essentially harmonized with the music. We Know Each Other Somehow is magical, a peaceful meditation on sonic synergy. (RVNG Intl.)