Are You Anywhere?
TBR September 17
Cool and breezy melodics open the album immediately with a warming sensation that gives an allure of summer, although to be played any time of year, sunshine in a CD box cannot go amiss. With the jazzy elements running heavy in the composition, sonics pulled straight from schmooze music give a quality of nostalgic prancing through pleasant streets lined with well dressed good looking people. Flamingos come to mind as the rhythm pushes to and fro in a lapping motion not dissimilar to a gentle wind on a large body of water.
As the album moves on, the similarity between each track can be a bit disappointing, unless it hits the spot. It tries as hard as it can to really push the point home, and if you like the funky feels then it's extremely good, for those who don't, the novelty factor sees it through quite nicely. Casio keyboard reminiscent sections drag us into the 80s and remind us how it felt to wear blue suits and drink dayglow beverages. I think many of us still do those things. They'll be who this album is aiming for.
I like it, I particularly like the retro synths, which seem to grow even more nostalgic as the album progresses. The thickness of the spread increases, that droning phat keyboard just gets more inclusive and even more heavy in the mix. Almost as if we've gone back in time, it's amazing that this album has been produced in the modern era. Perhaps that is the mastery at work, where with modern gear and all the know-how of a technical studio, finding the space to produce something from another time would be quite a challenge.
Listen to, preorder, and buy the album on Bandcamp
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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