Utrecht-based producer Shoal displays reminiscence and evolution on the upcoming LP ‘Terugblik’. Retrospectively reworking past live performances, ‘Terugblik’ delivers a refined and retrospective body of work which flirts with new age sensibilities whilst remaining familiar.
Recently premiering at Fiber Festival in collaboration with visual artist Orah, ‘Terugblik’ morphs and reshapes itself across its seven tracks. Shoal’s oblique approach to creating vast and expansive soundscapes is evident and proudly on display . The ambient leaning project evolves naturally, showcasing the diversity of aural murals crafted by the Dutch producer. The choice to rework multiple live performances spanning multiple years highlights the melancholy and nostalgic themes that are present across the album, contextualising the past in the prism of the present for all to see.
On our premiere pick ‘Loose Ends’, Shoal concludes the album with arpeggiated synth work creating a blissful auditory oasis. As expressive as it is joyous, mystifying pads and mid end synths playfully weave their way into an expansive sonic panorama culminating in a subtle euphoria. Despite its title, ‘Loose Ends’ provides sublime closure.