Hailing from Denmark, Syntaks aka Jakob Skott and Anna Celilia previous releases with record labels like Benbecula, Darla, Ghostly International, Morr Music have all been great pieces of musical works in themselves and so is the musical projects they been involved in with the likes of Jonas Munk of Manual.
This latest offering on Parallax Sounds Records is perhaps the broadest ranging Syntaks album to date. It is a massive effort in terms of both style and length, cultivated over the past three years. Nachtblende is the fully realized scope of two danish lover's vision. A vision far removed from the minimalist design and grey skys of Scandinavia. On the masculine side you got your wall of feedback guitars, swirling arpreggios and dead-pan dusty quater-time beats – all rising, crackling and disappearing into the hemisphere. But what brings the creative counter spark is the muted piano, haunted acoustic guitar picking and wordless soprano sighs of Anna Cecilia. If making picturesque or cinematic music seems like a concept of the past, Nachtblende is an attempt to rewrite history on it's own terms. Forging a gap between overdriven circuitry and minimalist ambient repetition, Nachtblende moves through the past 30 years of music in it's own unique path.
Drawing on the milestones of Brian Eno & Steve Reich, as well as the Bibio / Takoma-styled folk guitar playing, the ambient textures of Syntaks doesn't stop there - film composers Ennio Morricone, Popol Vuh and John Carpenter flutters through the sonic architecture of the album as well. And then there's the full scope of multi-layered psychedelic pop and kraut-rock as well as the muffled shoegaze-esque cacophony of sounds, so expect similarities to artists like Boards Of Canada, Cocteau Twins, M83, Seefeel, Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss etc. In the end everything is forged together in a phat inseparable synthesized mix, that is as delicate and fragile as it is dense and ear-shattering. The seemless mix of the turbulence on the surface and the pressure from the bottom is what makes Syntaks an uninhibited display of vibrant emotions, conjured by it's creators inner lives.
The german word Nachtblende is an aberration of the day-for-night filter previously used to taint movies shot during daytime into an illusion of night, also known as La nuit américaine (The American Night).