ALBRECHT LA’BROOY | Healesville (Apollo)
Apollo are delighted to welcome the return of Australia duo Albrecht La’Brooy aka Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht with their blissful new album Healesville recorded in a mud-brick hut on a strawberry crop in the Melbourne countryside.
The resulting drowsy pieces were completely improvised (augmented by percussionist Joseph Batrouney, guitarist Carla Oliver (Badskin) and guitarist Oliver Patterson), freeform recordings that explores themes of relaxation, sleep and dreams; somnambulant piano figures are caressed with delicate guitar passages bathed in the bucolic field recordings of the Healesville environs.
Recording the album proved to be as relaxing and civilised a process as listening to it: “We cooked nice dinners, enjoyed good wines, and took plenty of walks through the landscape to break up the sessions,” Alex shares. The resulting record is one of quietly sozzled majesty – a delicate fusion of ambient electronic textures, live instrumentation and field recordings that beguiles and soothes the listener in these troubled times.