"Structures" or the wonderful opening piece "Horizonless" made "Lost Clouds" to one of the most exciting new releases in the last weeks. The mastermind behind this music is the 21-years old and Galicia-based musician Luis Alvarez, who has already featured here a few months ago with the cinematic "Radio Silence" that is also on his debut EP.
Luis was more focused on soundtracks before he started working on his solo project and composed in 2016 for the short films "Deicalogo, Eleuterio!" (Director: Laura Pazienza) and Tempo Morto (Director: Nacho Ozores) classical music. Those pieces were mostly a symbiotic between storytelling string sections and minimalistic Debussy-eske piano parts.
So it's not a coincidence that some of the musical themes of this time shaped the compositional characteristics of his latest work "Lost Clouds". But the classical-trained pianist experimented also a lot with new compositional and productional approaches. Those new ideas very heavy influenced by a wide variety of musicians and genres. Luis told me in a little chat that he likes "ambient music, [...] techno, alternative rock, pop, [...] classical music (from all ages, from Palestrina or Vitry to Penderecki and Ferneyhough)". Everything that "life brings to [his] plate" impacted his compositions from the beginning and for him are composers like "Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannson, Ólafur Arnalds, Thomas Newmann, Hans Zimmer or James Newton Howard" very relevant ascendancies. Besides other artists like "Pink Floyd, Eluvium, Aphex Twin, [...] or Kiasmos" he has been a fan of the British band Radiohead with its unconventional style and their "originality" since his teenage years a big inspiration.
The main inpiration for me is Radiohead. I've been a fan of them since I was 14 years old and I've always been amazed at what they do and how they do it, their process and the originality of their music." - Luis Alvarez
Luis' EP is, as I previously said, full of new compositional styles and many new (electronic) sound impression. In our chat he explained also very detailed the production and recording process as follows:
"I use quite a few things. First of all, I record my instruments such as piano, guitars, bass and some percussion through mics and DIs, and then I edit them on several programs depending on what kind of sounds I'm trying to achieve; for example, if I'm trying to edit a sample heavily I use Ableton Live, but I use FL Studio to create some drum loops. To create the multitrack session I usually work with Studio One 3 or Cubase 5. The final mixing usually takes place in Studio One 3 and the mastering in Pro Tools. When talking about MIDI stuff, I usually work with Native Instruments 'Kontakt [...] and Native Instruments' Reaktor to create dynamic atmospheres and drone-like backgrounds."
With this foundation, he created an exciting musical journey with many new impression on every composition. So it's one concept or one story that is told on Luis' EP. You experience six of them. From a melancholic string theme on "Radio Silence" or the great synth-based climax on the opening track "Horizonless" to the hopeful, and bright shining, Tycho-inspired electronic outro "Structures" introduced Luis his feelings and ideas in a very faithful way.
If want to stay tuned for his upcoming future music projects, you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Available are all of his pieces and the latest EP "Lost Clouds" on Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play, iTunes and Bandcamp. So enjoy the beauty of Luis' pieces on your favorite streaming service.