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Luciernaga is the experimental ambient music project of Chilean-Brazilian by way of Brooklyn artist Joao Da Silva. A former hardcore punk front man, guitar player, and zine editor who took an active role in Santiago, Chile's hardcore-punk scene during the early '90s (there's even a full-length documentary about it!). Joao turned to "droning guitar electronics that can vacillate significantly between dark terrors and bright, shimmering expanses of sound" (Brainwashed.com) after moving to NYC in 2008. He has since released a series of limited edition cassettes and CD-R's on various labels in the U.S. and abroad. Luciernaga’s music was recently featured in “Circle In The Rock” a short-film directed by Ellis Bahl and starring Brandon Sexton III.
"Sleeping/Wandering" is Luciernaga’s vinyl debut. This limited edition 7"EP contains extended and alternate versions of the tracks "Sleeping Green-Eyed Girl," from the recent "To The Centre..." limited edition cassette released by UK label Invisible City and "Wandering June," from the self-released and now sold out "Tile II" limited edition cassette.
The alternate version of “Sleeping Green-Eyed Girl” showcases Da Silva’s penchant for constructing beautifully expansive work from a core of shimmering drones and occasionally dissonant passages. Gorgeous music stretches out above a hypnotic loop as he carefully layers delicate, crystalline feedback-like sounds atop. The result is a song that glistens away in a beautiful slumber befitting its dream-like title. On the flip side’s extended “Wandering June,, Da Silva again builds from a foundation of gentle, but not necessarily delicate loops of sound, to which he adds a heavier, bowed string like drones and hints of feedback. This almost meditative loop evolves with time, and with him processing the sound at times into what could be a jaunty whistle, there is a whimsical subtext to his overall serious composition.
The 7" comes in a hand-numbered edition of 100 copies on transparent vinyl with letter-pressed covers. There are four different variants of the album cover using a different photograph. Includes free mp3 download of Sleeping/Wandering 7" EP + extras.