‘IKON’ new Igneous Flame album
Something rather different !
‘Ikon‘ is a significantly different Igneous Flame album. With this album I wanted to incorporate percussion as a more central element to the material. Even though I have used ‘percussives’ on some of my previous albums, ‘Ikon’ takes the rhythmic element much further.
I would describe ‘IKON’ as a ‘fusion’ album, in that it is a somewhat unusual mix of percussion / bass / synths as well as drone textures. The percussion consists of an array of ethnic instruments and (to a lesser degree) more traditional drumkits. The basses are various too – fretless, double bass and electronic, as are the synths. The
‘ambient dronage’ consists primarily of extracts from longer pieces that I created at the outset of the project.
Regarding the production of the album, there is a degree of ‘torque’ to the mix, in that there are no hi-hats or cymbals (except on ‘Radiating Blue’), the high frequency elements coming from other sounds sources, which needed to be spectrally balanced accordingly.
As to the material itself, whilst fitting broadly in the ‘ambient electronica’ genre, there is a wide variety of tonal colours. Shifting rhythmic patterns create tension and release and recurring thematic elements abound.
Track 8 ‘Floe’ is a Bandcamp exclusive bonus track (not part of the album as such), for listeners who might want to hear something of the more ‘traditional’ Igneous Flame sound !
Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame) July, 2014
All tracks composed, mixed and mastered by Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame) at LuminaSounds studios, 2014
Video to accompany a montage I made of each track on the album: