“This is a special record from Mackenzie, a somnambulating wraith that pokes at the eerie corners of dark ambient but never quite gets to a horrible status. It is beautiful darkness, like a shawl over a hospital patient.”
Ekca Liena is the more exposed solo project of Daniel W J Mackenzie from London’s drone/ambient/noise group Plurals. Here, the musician uses a wide variety of textures and influences like drone, ambient, post-rock to create a highly dynamic and dramatic music. Melancholic quietude, psychedelic landscapes and doomed guitar passages are key aspects of the overall Ekca Liena sound, though glimpses of everything from warm electronica to modern classical show through. Graduals is the first Ekca Liena full length in over two years, the official sequel to the dreamscapes of the critically acclaimed Slow Music For Rapid Eye Movement.