‘Currents’ – Luis Miehlich (Inner Space Travels)

Currents - Luis Miehlich Album Cover

Carefully crafted, peaceful percussion is the order of the day here as Berlin-based Inner Space Travels welcome rising producer Luis Miehlich for his label debut, ‘Currents’. Miehlich is continuing to garner fans rapidly and following releases on Whitelabrecs (Timecuts) and Archives (Silences), ‘Currents’ further cements his status as a ‘one-to-watch’ within the Ambient genre.

Across the seven track E.P. Miehlich shows composition knowledge beyond his years. Gentle guitar tones pepper the release throughout and glimpses of glockenspiel-esque synth add particular layers of interest (notably in ‘Klock’). In opener ‘Flows’ a soothing stream trickle (is there any greater sound?!) forms the foundation and exemplifies the producers clear talent in the use of field recordings. 

Slightly heavier, sombre tones are used in ‘1405’, the E.P.’s mid point, but by ‘Shizuka’ (track following), dreamy soundscapes return aplenty with Miehlich offering up abstract instrumental sections once more. The release finishes with the contemplative ‘Yukkuri’ and over thirty minutes of audible pleasure come to a close. A sublime addition to Miehlich’s discography and the IST catalogue.

With the help of designer Bettina Gackstatter (who oversees all artwork and design), label head Tiago de Almedia has delivered 8 releases on IST since 2018, each available digitally and on limited run cassette (the back catalogue is now available on made-to-order). The cassettes are beautifully produced, with the music, design and accompanying release notes consistently marrying in harmony to deliver Almeida’s clear vision for the imprint.

Available now via the Inner Space Travels Bandcamp page.