Album Review

Federico Durand – El Idioma De Las Luciérnagas (Desire Path, 2013)

Federico Durand - el idioma album cover
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I first heard about Argentina’s finest Federico Durand through his superb collaboration with Nicholas Szczepanik under the guise of Every Hidden Color. This debut LP of Durand’s (translated to The Language Of The Fireflies) takes that pristine sound from Luz and amplifies it to a level of pure magic. This is a record of subtle complex sounds, finding wonder in the smallest audio spaces and turning a regular peaceful morning into a world of bright white bliss. Intimate field recordings of wildlife chatter and drifting chimes are in perfect company amidst minimal tonal shimmer, delicate softness, humble piano twinkling, and emotional dreams. This is a damn near perfect drone record, kicking introverted euphoria into uncharted territory. As is all things with Desire Path, El Idioma is limited, so don’t sleep on this.

4 Responses to “Federico Durand – El Idioma De Las Luciérnagas (Desire Path, 2013)”

  1. A Pitcher of Summer says:

    Debut LP? Durand has released several albums already, including the excellent El Libro De Los Árboles Mágicos last year.

  2. antigravitybunny says:

    Oh shit dude, you’re totally right! A quick search on Discogs would’ve gone a long way. I remembered seeing info about it being his debut in the press release, although that might have meant it was his debut for Desire Path or maybe I just imagined it altogether. Thanks!

  3. Nicholas says:

    I recall reading something similar, Justin. I think it meant this album was his debut on the vinyl format, which I know is something Fede was particularly excited about.

  4. Federico says:

    Thank you very much for this heartfelt review. My best wishes from Buenos Aires! F.

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