Xqui first appeared in April 2018 with his Britannia EP which was swiftly followed by the Dragon album in May. Using field recordings which he manipulated via mobile phone and laptop, he created incredible soundscapes and was quickly compared to Eno, Basinski and Mansell. Since then, he has been in rich productive form – Ambients is his sixth full length album.
Ambients is his first all-ambient album using found sound and field recordings together with his trademark echo and reverb effects to create an album of sumptuous calm in total contrast to his last album, Microchasm, which introduced the world to the self-penned industrio-ambient.
Initial copies of the Ambients CD will come with a bonus disc Conjoined, which features selected remixes and collaborations with every disc having a different tracklisting main each one truly unique.
Appearing in several Albums of the Year lists over the last three years, he has also remixed for the likes of Lark, Elizabeth Joan Kelly and Assassin of Sound as well as collaborated with Transmission 13, Radio Europa and Geiger von Muller to name but a few.
His work with boycalledcrow under the moniker of Wonderful Beasts received massive critical acclaim resulting in an approach to provide soundtrack material as well as a sold-out debut compact disc.
Ambients is available to pre-order now at the Xqui Bandcamp page.
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