Landing Complekt LP
Landing’s Complekt is the band’s tenth LP and its second outing on These Are Not Records, following 2012’s Wave Lair EP. But the album is much more than another in the band’s transcendent and pristine catalog, which has sprawled across such hallowed labels as K Records, Ba Da Bing!, Strange Attractors, Music Fellowship, and more. Here, New Haven, CT’s space rock/dream pop darlings finds itself fully in bloom, comfortably continuing with the established lineup of three longtime members of Adrienne Snow (vocals), Aaron Snow (guitar, synth, bass, vocals, drums), Daron Gardner (bass), and John Miller (drums, guitar, synth).
Since resurfacing from a brief hiatus with its self-titled LP (2012, Geographic North), Landing has seemed intent on pushing the boundaries of its sound. Complekt is the culmination of this effort, and feels like the group’s natural magnum opus – a master work that cements a number of ideas Landing has flirted with previously.
The LP opens with “Light,” a calmly disarming palette cleanser that reveals itself through a fog of shimmering sound. The track takes shape out of formless and anonymous beauty, feeling not unlike the slow warmth of a sunrise through the winter’s fog. The song seems to hover in air just long enough to hypnotize, only to be shattered by the fuzz-addled mania of “Complekt.” The song sides itself more with the cool-headed psych-jams of Kinski or some riff-obsessed version of shoegaze before dissolving into the airy and effervescent “Weft” and “Shifts” two tracks that momentarily looks back to previous, levitating synth and guitar jams of Seasons, Sphere, and Brocade.
“Shifts” bobs along in a murky, aquatic drift of kosmische pop, perfectly highlighting Adrienne’s celestial coos while “Tither” takes things even deeper, drifting off into a beautifully melancholic din of sound.
The band goes deep into one of its signature, extended try’s “Grow,” a 10-minute space-raga of lo-fi bedroom pop. From it’s opening moments to the mid-song shift, it’s an alluring and addicting addition to Landing’s hypnotic canon. “Clouds II” strums along into oblivion, sounding like a lost Slowdive demo that you can’t help but become addicted to. The LP closes with “World,” an immersive trek into an ethereal cloud of sound. It’s an instant classic that serves both as a welcome return for old fans as well as a fitting entry point for new followers of the band.
Geographic-North / Decoder / AdHoc
Released in an edition of 300 copies with a full digital download.
A1 / Light
A2 / Complekt
A3 / Weft
A4 / Shifts
A5 / Thither
B1 / Grow
B2 / Clouds II
B3 / World
306 Total Copies
300 Retail Copies
6 Promo/Press Copies
5 Test Pressings
"In a warm, smooth space between shoegaze and ambient music lie New Haven, Connecticut quartet Landing, longtime space-rock practitioners with nine studio albums behind them and a tenth, Complekt, just ahead. At the core of the group is married couple Adrienne Snow (vocals) and Aaron Snow (guitar, synth, vocals), accompanied by Daron Gardner (bass) and John Miller (drums, guitar, synth). Since 1999, they’ve honed a mixture of heady guitar swirls, echoey drums, and flicking, looping synths.
Landing spend much of their latest album bobbing in the outer reaches of shoegaze atmospherics, and the title track serves as the liftoff. Crisscrossed by howls of reverb, “Complekt” is an energetic high point that powers down in a cascade of Moog-y, sci-fi wiggles."
The Big Takeover:
"Listening to the stunning opening track on Landing’s new tenth album reminds me why I love music so much. It is tracks such as “Light” that underscore just how good psychedelia can be when it’s done this well. It sends my ears on a cosmic journey, and I am never the same afterward. This music stays with me long after I hear it, beckoning me to return over and over.
This truly is music for floating away forever into the clouds, an infinite journey with Complekt as the perfect soundtrack. Highly recommended!"
We Are Unseen / Richard Spencer:
"Complekt really is like an audio dream. Slightly baffling though the inclusion of one single rocking (title) track is, this can be explained away as just a more adventurous episode in the unconscious dream journey that Landing take you on. Across these eight tracks, there are just the right amount of touchstones in melody, structure and movement to keep this well away from being an ambient release, and yet reaching the end of the album really does feel like awakening from a delicate but restful slumber, in a positive headspace but still wishing to return all over again."
Terrascope / Simon Lewis:
"Returning with their tenth album, long time Terrascope favourites Landing prove they have still got what it takes with a collection that digs deep into psychedelic history whilst sounding very fresh and of the moment.
Opening track “Light” is a gentle swathe of Shoegaze its long run in pulling you in as it pulses into life, twinkling guitar and a warm bass dancing around your ears beautifully, all topped of with gorgeous vocals courtesy of Adrienne Snow. Once you are settled in things get noisier as the title track re-invents that stoner riff, Hawkwind meets Spacemen three complete with slightly tricky time signature, synths and a groove that gets your head nodding. Mellower and wonderfully cosmic, “Weft” is far too short as it drifts like space dust around your mind, whilst “Shifts” takes us deeper into the cosmos, a gently moving cloud of psychedelic bliss that is delicate and mesmerising. To end side one “Thither” floats onwards with electronic pulses and bleeps, music for floatation tanks that reminds me of early music by The Orb, ambient yet unpredictable, before returning to the Shoegaze that began the side, guitars gently rippling once more.
Over on side two, the ten minute “Grow” is, perhaps, the album's centre piece beginning with a kosmiche synth wave that cloaks the room before a tension fuelled drone heralds the arrival of a rhythmic insistent bass and threads of treated guitars that weave beautiful tapestries before your very ears, some soft hand drums adding just the right amount percussion to a tune that has been on constant rotation just recently. Halfway through, the gorgeous vocals return and my happiness is complete. After such wonder, the final two tracks “Clouds II” and “World” serve to ease my comedown with the former being a more traditionally sounding song with hints of the Cocteau Twins or Sigur Ros to be found, whilst the latter introduces the voice of Aaron Snow which adds another dimension to the record, a soft guitar riff surrounded by washes of synth that leads you out with grace and a huge smile on your face. Seemingly stuck to my turntable at the moment, this will be in my end of year list, a magnificent album that needs to be heard."
"The album isn’t all minimalist melancholia though, the title track is a much rockier number that would only work early on in the set, and is perfectly placed as a second track after ‘Light’ which acts as a sort of overture to the album. ‘Complekt’ is full of fuzzy guitar and shoegaze references without every tipping over into the raucous, and provides a much needs additional dimension to what’s on offer here; preventing it from tipping over into being too introvert and narrow.
Along with ‘Third Sight’ this is the album of 2016 that I will listen to when things are not particularly OK. These Landing albums are not panaceas against what seems to be an increasingly troubled world, but they do offer sanctuary for a time; they somehow take you away from the turbulence and enable you to see it through a sonic membrane which gives you space to think and be. They will become essential parts of my listening over the next few years I am sure."
Primal Music Blog:
"Connecticut based experimental shoegaze/lo-fi four piece ‘Landing’ are no strangers to the underground music scene having no less than nine previous releases under their belts. The latest addition to that stunning collection is ‘Complekt’, their 10th release to date and a continuation to their no-nonsense, genre-defining attitude of creating blissful sonic soundscapes that are filled with hazy shoegaze highs and jaw dropping ethereal vocalisations coupled with experimental twists and lashings of glorious reverberation."