Tenderlonious – Quarantena (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:40 minutes | 450 MB | Genre: Electronic
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Tenderlonious is releasing a new album, titled Quarantena, via his own 22a imprint this August. Returning to the array of synths and studio hardware he’s amassed over the years whilst in lockdown at his south London home, Quarantena emerges as the soundtrack to his quarantine. Inspired by sci-fi and fantasy movies, the album includes homages to The NeverEnding Story and Total Recall, as well as George Orwell’s 1984.
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ Tenderlonious presents this collection of lo-fi beats and soundscapes courtesy of the lockdown studio sessions from his home in South London.
Lockdown allowed Tender to escape from his busy lifestyle and touring schedule, finally giving him the timeto properly explore and experiment with the vast collectionof synths, drum machines and instruments he’s built up over the past twenty years. Armed with an arsenal of hardware and inspired by sci-fi & fantasy movies, he has delivered an expansive opus ofvarying tempos that glide across imaginative synth sculptures and meditative soundscapes. The soundtrack to his quarantine -‘Quarantena.’
The album begins with ‘1984 (Chapter One)’, a tribute to the novel by George Orwell that depicts a dystopian society, captured perfectly by this moody intro. ‘Rococo’s Raga’is a nod to Tender’s recent project, ‘Tender in Lahore.’ Based around the harmonic minor scalethis raga is a conversation between the flute and marimba backed by an infectious swing groove. The title track ‘Quarantena’ has an epic soundtrack feel with luscious pads, soaring strings and orchestral horn lines, backed by solos from Tender on flute and also featuring Nick Walters on trumpet.
The flip side includes ‘Total Recall’, another tributeto one of Tender’s favourite films from childhood. Made purely from the sounds of the Yamaha SY85, the ghostly choir transports listeners to an eerie space, reminiscent of scenes from the film. ‘Birds of Paradise’ is another stand out, which would make a fitting accompaniment to any modern film soundtrack. Sounds of the jungle sweep in and out, whilst Tender adds flute and synth flurries alongside a sparse,head nodding groove -downtempo at its finest.
‘Quarantena’ is Tenderlonious’ most confident, slick and accomplished studio work yet.
1. 1984 (Chapter One) (04:00)
2. Rocco’s Raga (03:58)
3. Quarantena (04:32)
4. Falkor’s Flight (01:52)
5. Lockdown Boogie (05:18)
6. Covid Blues (02:06)
7. Total Recall (02:26)
8. Moments Notice (02:28)
9. Birds Of Paradise (04:09)
10. MaskUp/GloveUp (03:54)
11. Utopia (02:12)
12. Forty Nights (05:51)