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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B005TQAG7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must! 17 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having followed his music for a number of years, my daughter persuaded me to give this a try. Cynicism reared it's head - how could an aging techno-synth lover be converted? Whilst we do share some common ground in music, it rarely stretches to include any of modern stuff today. However, the Guardian On-Line made it their "Album of the day" last month with 3 tasters from the album, so I gave it a go. It grabs from almost the start. Having put it on as a background whilst cooking (yes, I know, that's so sad) the music soon took a hold and I found myself being overtaken by a real emotional journey - how could someone so young understand not just the breadth but also with incredible depth, such a variety of emotions? The last sample track by the Guardian called "Truth Flood" blew my mind with it's evocative strands, reminiscent of so many great film music tracks that elevate a good film into an outstanding, sensual experience. So, be warned - be prepared to sit back and listen - yes, REALLY listen to sounds with such overt honesty rarely found in the British psyche and make sure you have someone you can then share it with. This is an album that will haunt you. To Jamie, thank you so much for opening up and allowing us to listen to your heart.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Juked up Blade Runner 30 Dec 2013
By Luke
Format:Audio CD
Take a large helping of Vangelis, add an equal amount of RP Boo, a dash of Hyetal and garnish with Machinedrum. Voila. The recipe for Severant.

The whole album is dripping with a Vangelis feel (obviously 'Flight Path' lifts the actual synth line straight from Blade Runner) but the trap hi-hat blizzards and footwork snare apocalypses prevent any retrogression. There is also enough of a dubstep/wonky/purple sound influence to offset the heavily 80's synth timbres, and steer it away from pure Com Truise-esque nostalgic territory. Extra points for the Carly Simon 'Why' hook on 'Scissors'.

Over 2 years after it's initial release I can keep coming back to this album. It's already retro sounding so it can't date as much as pure zeitgeist stuff. Maybe in a decade or so when footwork, dubstep and trap tropes sound as dated as 2-step, jungle or trip hop do now, this album will have a strange dual nostalgic effect.

Overall, a great chilled out jukey synth-fest with mix of ominous and tranquil undertones.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best electronica lp of 2012 9 July 2012
By Butler
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I won't go massively in depth here, just had to say how much I love this album. In brief, fast and intricate beats mixed with an ambient dystopian atmosphere which recalls all of the best electronica records, at moments the synths reminded me of a huge chrome box unfolding by Venetian Snares. A strange thing with this record is that it sounds retro, contemporary and futuristic all at the same time in places.

Some of the beats are as heavy rhymically as Vex'ed whom I also like, just not with the industrial strength. Although I love all the tracks, for me the absolute killer is track 10 "Seeing the edges". To summarise, if you like Planet Mu, Warp Rephlex or any good electronica this is essential.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage 27 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
After buying the album on the strength of one track, I have listened to it once. The entire album had this really strange 32beat ticking sound in the background. No real ups and down to the music, no build ups, drops or moments that make you feel like your on a journey. I think that as a progressive minimal album, there really was no progress. If you're thinking of buying it and hoping grows on you, trust me when I tell you that it won't.
Try:- Telefon Tel Aviv, Tycho or a decent Sasha album.

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