Unrivalled for individuality, Marc Pelath’s work as The Laconic unites a multi-instrumental backdrop with a deeply-focused mindset for programming. The data scientist and musician is known largely for his leading instrument the U8 touch guitar, but also plays bass and synths, whilst crafting electronic drum-lines from scratch. His compositions are fearlessly melodic, often unpredictable, but self-defined, not as solos alongside chords, but as songs without words: structured and harmonised, purposeful and precise in their imaginative ventures.
The Laconic's debut album ‘Integrals’ defined and showcased this fusion of elements, with meandering performances and extensive underlying soundscapes across eight original instrumentals.
The aim of ‘Integrals’ was to revive a half-dead genre that is songs without words. Prior examples could be found within projects like ‘Second Home by the Sea’, ‘Duke's Travels/Duke's End’ or ‘Los Endos’, all by Genesis. Also within Flower Kings' ‘Flora Majora’, ‘Don of the Universe’, and ‘Babylon’, as well as collections from Trevor Rabin, Yes, Gong, and Mike Oldfield.
The Laconic's second album, 2023’s ‘Amor Fati’, delve into the eclectic progressive realm once more, but focuses conceptually on topics surrounding fate and eternal recurrence.
As with his previous releases, ‘Amor Fati’ again veers away from expectations at will, and incorporates a number of additional genres, such as Salsa and Spaghetti Western, to consistently maintain an explorative and fascinating edge.