Salar Niknafs – Point of Departure (Spotify)

Point Of Departure from lar Niknafs is an ambient drone with deep mysterious atmosphere in a hypnotic way, while explores more the dark side of the genre yet delivers dramatic cinematic feelings.

Artist shared few words with us about this track:
"The premise of 'Lesser Lights' was to create a narration, emotionally raw and personal, hopefully the sounds come through as it was intended.

Sketches were mainly done in Melbourne tram 64, where I spent a couple of hours a day commuting. Much inspiration was found in the railway hum and clunk, as from the co-travellers in the window seat. The sound of the album although preserved for the most part, occasionally developed into sections perverse enough to be noticed.

A greater deal of inspiration was drawn from Abul Mogard, Rafael Anton Irisarri and Loscil, whose music I listened to every other day. The tracks where then recorded and mixed in an unforeseen lockdown in mid 2020."

Few words about the artist:
Salar Niknafs (PhD) is an Iranian composer, musician and visual artist based in Melbourne Australia. Salar has a fascination for ambient, drone and post-minimalism music and in his art he primarily engages with experimental aesthetic forms. His recordings mainly utilise guitars (bowed or plucked), synthesisers, strings and hand drums.

Reviewed by Nagamag on August 7, 2020