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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike Electronica
The second effort from Darkstar is a grower. It has many touchpoints and is as far from dubstep as you could imagine a band called 'future of dubstep' being. However, there is much here to enjoy and admire. Its probably better to label it as indie dance than dubstep although maybe some labels are as confusing as they are helpful.

First things first there are...
Published 17 months ago by Syriat

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice flowing electronics album
When record company Warp put a preview stream online of this record, they disabled the skip button. They agued that this record was supposed to be listened to in one continuous flow, and after a few listens I have to say they were right in doing so. The record really showcases James Buttery's voice, the highlight of the album. What grinds is the use of some vocal effects...
Published 17 months ago by Mr. K. de Jong


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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike Electronica, 4 Feb 2013
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This review is from: News From Nowhere (Audio CD)
The second effort from Darkstar is a grower. It has many touchpoints and is as far from dubstep as you could imagine a band called 'future of dubstep' being. However, there is much here to enjoy and admire. Its probably better to label it as indie dance than dubstep although maybe some labels are as confusing as they are helpful.

First things first there are ten tracks here, not nine as Amazon have stated. So for ease I'll list them at the end. Some tracks are memorable on first listen and others grow. Take for instance Timeaway Vs Amplified Ease. Timeaway winds up like a clockwork toy and its obscured vocals and beat don't grab instantly but will grow on you. Amplified Ease however will appeal on first listen. Its very much in the Animal Collective mould in terms of vocals and style - maybe too much so? If you want to compare this to other albums then it seems some way between Animal Collective and Balam Acab. This is experimental but not overly so and it does have a dreamlike quality that draws you in. You Don't Need A Weatherman is a great number with sparse arrangements somehow put together to provide a lush electronic stage for the vocals. The centre piece, for me at least, is A Day's Pay For A Day's Work. Dreamlike vocals, a simple piano start and vocals that sound like they could have come off The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips. It builds slowly and works to become an almost lo-fi electronica anthem - if ever such a thing existed before now.

Overall its going to take some time to measure this fully. Its a rewarding effort and its creativity and understated electronica works well. It won't be to everyones tastes. It won't fill dancefloors. But you are likely to hear about this more as the year goes on. Its soundscapes and imagination are worth investigating.

Tracklisting
1. Light Body Clock Starter
2. Timeaway
3. Armonica
4. -
5. A Day's Pay For A Day's Work
6. Young Heart's
7. Amplified Ease
8. You Don't Need A Weatherman
9. Bed Music - North View
10. Hold Me Down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Simply Beautiful, 1 May 2013
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This was one of those 'had to have' purchases. After hearing 'Amplified Ease' a couple of times on the radio and even getting a text from my daughter telling me I had to listen to it, I couldn't get it out of my head. It's one of those albums that just makes the stress of life simply fade away.

As with anything musically new and different it's often difficult to really characterise what it is that really hooks you in. Think of the musical offspring of early Beta Band and Lemon Jelly mixed with the ethereal other worldliness of Sigur Ros and I guess you'd be somewhere near.

Absolutely stunning - next purchase, Darksktar - North, I hope its as impressive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice flowing electronics album, 7 Feb 2013
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Mr. K. de Jong (Belfast, Antrim United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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When record company Warp put a preview stream online of this record, they disabled the skip button. They agued that this record was supposed to be listened to in one continuous flow, and after a few listens I have to say they were right in doing so. The record really showcases James Buttery's voice, the highlight of the album. What grinds is the use of some vocal effects where they are not really needed, especially on Timeaway. The phrasing of the vocals have something Beatle-esque or Beach Boy influences on occasion, which betrays a certain pop sensibility. It fits in well with the largely electronic arrangements. The danger with a flowing composition such as this one, is that it can disappear into the background after a while. And some of the titles '-' (dash?) come across as a bit too clever. Stand-out track is 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'. Accomplished.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music but..., 19 Mar 2013
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Mark A. Streets (Derby. UK) - See all my reviews
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...absolutely awful packaging! It comes in wrapped in a thin plastic film, that also bears the tracklisting (which I had to rescue from the bin!), and the CD comes in a cardboard cover within a cardboard cover, which is certainly not going to stand the test of time. The only writing on the whole package (besides the clear cover) is on one 'spine'. Arty maybe, definitely useless!

4* music, -5* packaging.
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