Melbourne, Australia is becoming a hotbed of this type of art, what with the Avalanches and Wally/Gauthier "Gotye" de Bakker. The aim is to produce lush, witty, captivating music by clever editing of huge numbers of multilayered samples. Gotye not only succeeds brilliantly, but also affectionately pastiches a huge range of different genres over the tracks of this album. "Boardface" is extremely good, but sometimes, the pastiches are perhaps a little too close to identifiable source tracks, which can get distracting. "What Do You Want?", for example, is dangerously close in part to Goldfrapp's "Human". Styles range through hypnotic ambient ("The only thing I know"), trip-hop a la Massive Attack, cod-reggae ("Out of my Mind"), and "Here in this Place" is what happens when Roxy Music's "Avalon" collides with Latin Quarter's "America for Beginners", and the result is drenched in po-faced irony.
The whole album is great, but the sequel "Like Drawing Blood" is more polished, more confident, and stands more independently of its influences.