on 20 October 2010
I find this one of John Foxx's more emotional and evocative albums. The tracks range from the very electronic Flightpath Tegel and semi-robotic Phantom Lover to his latest collaboration with Harold Budd on Over The Mirage - but what links most of them is sort of wistful, understated melancholy. Also, after a couple of plays the melodies really start to grab hold, especially on the really very beautiful Kaiyagura. Best of the films? The Metamatic-like work of Jonathan Barnbrook, and Macoto Tezka's ambient, dreamy trilogy.
on 16 April 2011
Having been a follower of John Foxx's music ever since listening to early Ultravox and then John's solo work from the absolutely brilliant Metamatic - there can be no doubt he is extremely versatile and not afraid to express his talents in multiple frameworks - especially with his work in collaboration with other artists.
I have played this album through numerous times and it goes into my list of albums that will be timeless which for me is an anagram of I will always come back to it instead of consigning it to the 'forgotten' pile.
This album is a beautiful mix of dance, experimental and ambient which form an almost panoramic soundscape.
Flightpath Tegel could be mistaken for a Tangerine Dream track - layered synths - rhythmic beats, whereas Violet Bloom is ambient and raw, almost experimental.
A Secret Life 7 has in my opinion a Boards of Canada feel to it, due to its length and basic approach. A Secret Life 2 takes it further into the depths with a haunting nine and a half minutes of musical bliss.
The album ends with Over the Mirage which always leaves me feelings of reflection and contemplation - perfect after a hard days work.
My only criticism about this album is when it ends and I have to play it all over again.
Don't expect Underpass or No-One Driving with this work - just beautiful music that will enlighten and transport you to another level. Sheer brilliance from start to finish - its a gem.
on 10 November 2010
'D.N.A. is huge on lavishly layered filmscapes. As the finest instrumental music should, it allows the listener to paint their own pictures. Foxx is really on to something here.' Q MAGAZINE
'Perfect blend of sound and vision. A brilliant idea perfectly captured by genius.' RECORD COLLECTOR
'A fine overview of Foxx's talents - from "quiet music" maestro to purveyor of pulsating synth noir.' FACT MAGAZINE
'D.N.A.'s instrumentals have that lovely half-heardness of the likes of Harold Budd or Roger Eno.' MOJO MAGAZINE
'The ambient pieces have an unavoidably Eno-esque quality to them: still melancholic but also involving a profound sense of peace, of drift, ebb and flow. In his moody electro songs Foxx spans both the conceptual and the infectiously melodic.' THE QUIETUS
"The album varies between shimmering Electronica and bold analogue-driven blip-Pop and elegant ambient works, of which the ghostly "Kaiyagura" - with its melancholy, reverb-drenched piano - is quite exquisite.' FUTURE MUSIC