Title: Pillars of Creation
Catalog number: BFW200
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Amygdala is László Néder, an electronic artist from Hungary. He started his musical career as a the guitarist in several rock bands, while experimenting with electronic music “just for the living room”. In 2008 he found himself performing as an electronic artist in clubs around Budapest. In 2010 he found himself performing at one of the largest electronic music festivals in Hungary.
Pillars of Creation is his sixth release on BFW recordings. BFW recordings chose to give the release the honored position of their 200, as part of their 4th Anniversary. It’s easy to understand why this recording was chosen for this honored slot in listening to this recording. It’s a swirling mix of ambient electronica, drone and experimental music, careening from EDM to dark drones and back effortlessly that definitely rates very highly with many of the fine BFWrecordings releases.
In the hands of an artist of lesser ability, this kind of work could feel like just another re-capitulation of styles that you’ve heard a thousand times. But instead, by mixing the sounds and textures of artists as diverse as Future Sound of London, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and even Vangelis with his own sense of structure and style, he has found his own form of narrative. His own dialect to talk to you in a language that has no words, and knows no boundaries.
While building on the elements of the fine artists listed above is excellent, László doesn’t stop there. Many other elements weave their way into the fabric of this work, one of the tracks on this recording has a heavily dubstep influenced bass line, while other tracks borrow rhythmic elements from house and techno styles. But, there is no mimicking going on in the way he uses these elements: they are every bit as much a part of the Amygdala vocabulary as any of the elements he uses as his pillars.
And that is where this recording really succeeds: it is both a reference to the past, to the history of electronic music, much as a the remnants of Stonehenge offers us a reference to an ancient culture. While the newer elements build a platform on top of the pillars where we look to our future.