When Mecca Lecca first began its rewarding relationship with Howth, we knew that the band would adventure down several unique paths with plenty of unexpected surprises. With the band’s latest offering, Newkirk, less than a month old, multi-instrumentalist Blake Luley has now released the first of four EPs to be released under the name Ajnabi. What you’ll hear is an ambient cousin to Howth. A is experimental in technique, but the result is an enchanting landscape of sound that shares common ground with post rock pioneers such as Sigur Ros and Mogwai.
Describing Ajnabi’s first release, A, Luley states “This is the first of four loop-based composition collections I’ve done over the past year.These recordings were created with the built-in microphone on my laptop as well as fragments of loops from some of my older pieces. They were written on the spot, improvising and layering one part after another. I attempted to make the pieces as unfiltered as possible, genuinely capturing the moment I was in.”
“My One and Only Love,” featuring guest vocals from Howth’s Carl Creighton, acts as the centerpiece between a pair of very pretty instrumental tracks.