Although Itta (Vocals, Harmonium) and Marqido (Analog Synthesizers) have been regular fixtures in Seoul’s experimental music community for years, the vinyl release of Spiritual reflects the growing international recognition of their singular sound, described by The Wire as “meditative synthesized vistas.
” Spiritual certainly embodies the meditative element of their music, layering hypnotic modular synth with Indian harmonium drone and Itta’s transcendental vocals. This is more than functional music for the metaphysically curious, however. Perhaps more than any of their previous releases, Spiritual offers an open accessibility, owing at least in part to the channeling of krautrock-influenced rhythms. Their recognition is sure to increase after their November European tour, which kicks off with a performance at the Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, having been invited by Moon Duo to play their specially curated stage. Spiritual was originally released in 2017 as a limited-edition cassette of 250 copies, produced in collaboration with Seendosi, an arts enterprise in Seoul’s Euljiro district, the city’s heart of printing, packaging and electronics manufacturing. The cassette sold out within a year of its production, prompting Extra Noir, who had previously released Tengger’s “Breathe In, Breathe Out” on their Extra Noir Vol. 1 compilation, to propose reissuing Spiritual on vinyl. Working with Seendosi once again, the result is a beautifully produced piece of work. Closely attentive to the band’s vision, the gatefold sleeve features rich landscape motifs that evoke Tengger’s commitment to earthly travel and the less accessible places beyond. Pressed onto clear vinyl, the design of Spiritual has been carefully constructed to reflect the entirely unique music within: heavy ephemerality, dense transcendence and grounded wanderlust.