Glisteing Sculptures of Sound // Kalte is Toronto-based Deane Hughes and Rik MacLean. Both guys are quite active in the field of abstract Ambient music but “Lanthanide Series” is their debut EP as a duo. Carefully, Kalte pile up layers of crystal-clear synths and scraping noises to something dense and mesmerizing. Twinkling and fathomless like the Canadian night skies.

Kalte - “Spagyric” (MP3)

Kalte - “Mariana Arc” (MP3)

For their releases, Stasisfield create highly processed images playing with the effects of extrem enlargement, blur and digital halftoning. The art for Kalte’s “Lanthanide Series” is especially beautiful. Pallid coloured pixel strings fall like northern lights over a dark background, giving both an idea of alienation and pulchritude. Same is for the music.

Fully synthetic, enhanced with a little bit of scraping noises, Kalte music is quite kalt (which is “cold” in German). But in between the multiple layers of sound, harmonies dwell like fungi in the dark. “Buzzes and drones intertwined in a mesmerizingly thick blanket of static”, as the label puts it in fine precision. Their minimal Drones remind me of Direwires & Freder, offthesky or entia non.

Got some time for a ride through the night? Start now, start right here.

MP3 Ambient Music Download

Release: Kalte - “The Lanthanide Series”

Download: “The Lanthanide Series” ZIP