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Spine tingling ambient sounds
on 22 May 2009
I'm a big fan of M83 but not so much the power pop end of things so this one is my favourtie album from them. Digital Shades Vol. 1 is stripped back, beautiful and powerful. Lush, warm analog synthesizer pads wash over simple haunting piano reels and the occasional soprano vocal. Strings crescendo into cacophonous distortion then settle back again. It's all very introspective and uplifting. If at least one of these tracks doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up then you must shave in some odd places!
If you like Boards of Canada then you'll LOVE this. Best listened to on headphones, with your eyes closed, under the blazing sun. My only complaint is that it's a bit short!