1. On The High Seas
2. Lone Voyager
3. Onset ~ Beyond Clouds
4. Memory Of Self
5. Lapse ~ Dream
6. Aftermath ~ Isle Of Self
7. Various Possible Notes And Timbres Of The Mental Unit Molecule*
*Bonus track on CD
Dolphins into the Future is one Lieven Martens, a Belgian currently living in the Azores, who has since 2007 steadily released a number of albums, EP’s, 7”s and tapes on a variety of hip and homespun labels. 28th March sees the long-awaited CD release of Dolphins into the Future’s acclaimed cult 2009 LP ‘…On Sea-Faring Isolation’, an album previously released on cassette by Martens’ own label, Cetacean Nation, and on vinyl by Not Not Fun. In addition to the original tracklisting, the Fonal re-issue includes a 15 minute bonus track ‘Various Possible Notes and Timbres of the Mental Unit Molecule’, recorded in 2011 on Okapoka Island.
Often mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries Skaters or Oneohtrix Point Never, Dolphin’s vision is as smudged and somnambulant, but very much of itself. Amorphous and carefully framed, Martens’ sound landscapes place field recordings and lo-fi instrumentation on a democratic plane, to create one seamless mass of bubbling percussive flow.
But if Martens taps into a pool of tropical references (as he undoubtedly does), such influences are relayed from an unashamedly outside perspective - a deliberate refraction of nature, a re-imagined idyll, that shows him to be as close in spirit to the Romantics, or perhaps even film maker Jean Painlevé’s surreal take on aquatic life.