No sooner has Roly Porter said goodbye to his old outfit Vex'd with a new solo album, his Vex'd sidekick Jamie Teasdale has followed suit pretty quickly with his own solo album 'Severant'.
The first surprise is that although you could still hear the influence of the Vex'd sound in Porters solo album, there is virtually none of it on 'Severant'. The second surprise is Teasdales use of vintage synthesisers and a pretty obvious homage to the early electronic pioneers from the 70's and 80's in Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre.
But 'Severant' is no retro synth love-in, Teasdale combines the old sci-fi sound with an appreciative nod to electro, mid 90's IDM, as well as bringing it all up to the present day. Teasdale creates a beautifully futuristic spectacle which is both seductive and nostalgic, tracks such as 'Truth Flood' and 'Scissors' may at first sound cheesily out of time but there is a reassuring immediacy to the beats which pull you in. Its a difficult trick to pull off, and Teasdale mostly succeeds by avoiding repetition and varying the tempos and shapes to keep your interest.
If you've been used to the harsher, darker sounds of Vex'd, 'Severant' takes time to adjust to, as the sound is such an inviting and immediate sensation. To everyone else, i'm really not sure what they will make of this album, but its most definitely worth a listen, and then some more.