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El Dorado

by XYR

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Tristan Arp unexpectedly ambient excursions from the almighty 12th isle!
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  • X.Y.R. - Eldorado - Vinyl LP
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    2nd pressing of the LP comes in an alternate colourway sleeve - mint green, with gold sticker. ‘El Dorado’ recorded April – August 2014, originally released via Illuminated Paths (March 2015).

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Lost City 03:59
Conquistador 06:29
Golden Haze 08:29
Aguirre Song 06:40


Experimental cinema sonics, electroacoustic research practice and shadowy wind instruments come together to form this unique interpretation of the mythical city of gold. Utilising rare, half forgotten Soviet era synthesisers Vladimir Karpov creates immersive soundscapes under the name XYR. The Formanta mini keytar and the Alisa 1377 lend Karpov’s music strange, seldom heard atmospheres which the St. Petersburg native then combines with field recordings, toy percussion and wood flute to further build upon his utopian narratives.

Part concept album, part nod to Popol Vuh, his attempt to channel the thematics of the ancient tale of the Muisca people through his modest home studio left a lasting impression on us here at 12th Isle and we’re proud to present a selection of the tracks on vinyl for the very first time. Originally confined to just 25 cassette tapes, for this edition we have assembled some of the most inspiring tracks from the sessions as well as the bonus closing piece ‘Aguirre Song’. Immediately engaging, sincerely heartfelt and strikingly original, these are recordings we have returned to time and time again.

‘El Dorado’ recorded April – August 2014, originally released via Illuminated Paths (March 2015).


released October 28, 2017


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