Hanslik & Moniz
The new offering from Hanslik
and Moniz is a prime example of electronic music meets guitar, the
resulting compilation of tracks is a superbly crafted Avant guard, almost new
electronica and ambient work of genius.
Friendly Planet is a collection of totally addictive
arrangements; the title track opens the release and this is but one of six fine
portraits of skilled brilliance for us all to enjoy. The mixture of synths and
guitar here gift us a combination of music that is literally a selection of
works of art in a musical gallery to be admired, the entire composition sets
the scene for the unfurling of pieces like Channelling
Siri, a track that even though just over 4 minutes long, reminded me of US
electronic musician Forrest Smithson
in content and style.
The crafted textures of the next offering On Shore Eddie, were so light and
ambient and easy to dive into, it was a true pleasure to listen to, especially the
fine guitar work by Moniz in the early stages of the composition, those string
based moments of magic were matched amazingly with an incredibly hypnotic
electronic keyboard performance, one that was almost John Carpenter in style at times, and yes, this would indeed be my
favourite piece off the release.
As we take a tentative foot inside the second half of the
album we come across a track that is a work of art within itself, and called We Are Your Friends. I found a defined
energetic elevation here that was most attractive to listen to; this offering
was for me the very real essence of the album, and the experimental nature of
this track was deeply fascinating, as both synths and guitar formed a symbiotic
partnership here that was incredibly addictive.
We find ourselves knocking on the door to the penultimate
offering of the album called Meadow.
This piece had a certain mysterious quality about its construction that I found
most appealing, and there were certain aspects of the guitar here that worked
so beautifully with Hanslik’s keyboards and synths.
This set things up perfectly for the last offering, the short
form composition of Drifting gave us
the conclusion to the project and done so cleverly that it could have easily
been expanded time wise, but would turn out to be a text book finish, allowing
us, the ever eager listener to exit what has been a wonderful journey through
the realms created by the artists Hanslik
Friendly Planet by the Hanslik & Moniz Experiment is one of those albums you can sit
and watch the day go by to and feel totally fulfilled by the experience; for me
it was a talented collection of classy electronic and guitar performances, some
incredibly inventive and personally for me being a guitarist, at times quite
inspiring, I would love to have a go at creating something like this. If you
wish an album to enthral you and fascinate you many times over, then you really
need to buy Friendly Planet.