Release Date: May 4, 2018
Record label: RVNG Intl.
An anticline is a fold in the landscape caused by tectonic plates squeezing together stratified rock. As Lucrecia Dalt, who worked as a geotechnical engineer in her native Colombia, explained to the Wire recently: "In an anticline, you have the old strata on the bottom and the new strata on the top […] Because of the compression on both sides, the strata that is the oldest is coming to the centre and sometimes it can be revealed. " The term serves as a guiding principle for her new album, which is all about interiors being exposed and surfaces coming into ambiguous contact.
Over the past decade, the albums of Colombian musician Lucrecia Dalt have moved steadily away from playfully experimental indie pop into increasingly deeper levels of abstraction. There was a marked shift between 2009's tuneful Congost--released under a previous alias, the Sound of Lucrecia--and 2012's murkier Commotus, whose abiding sense of mystery recalled Argentina's Juana Molina. By 2013's more electronic Syzygy, her songwriting began to feel like it was tracing the shape of overgrown ruins; melodies jutted to the surface only to be subsumed again in drifting synths and thickets of reverb.