5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nathan Fake - Electro Gloopy Loveliness,
This review is from: Drowning in a Sea of Love (Audio CD)
This CD is contains some of the lushest soundscapes ever created. I've read elsewhere that it is refreshing to hear some electronic music that isn't so pretentious to render itself unlistenable, and I think that is true. What Nathan Fake has done here is fashion an album that draws from several of it's peers (Lemon Jelly, Boards of Canada et al) and actually moves the game forward.
The beats that often form the backbone of the tracks are quite hip-hop in their orientation (see highlight 'The Sky Was Pink' for what I mean) and this actually juxtaposes really well with the synth noodlings swirling around them. Somehow the melodies always swing back into place neatly, after seeming to disappear off into the sonic ether. There is also quite a lot of variety in amongst the fluffiness and hints of Bjork ('Fell'), Vitalic ('Grandfathered') and Aphex Twin (bits and blobs throughout) and this holds your attention well.
At various points during this album I am reminded of children's cartoon music, or early Amiga/C64 game music, and I think it's to Fake's credit that this manages to not grate or seem like a novelty. It also manages to bridge the gap successfully between mellow and upbeat, as at home soundtracking a Saturday night out as a Sunday afternoon in.
The definite highlight to this record is the slow fade up and lolloping beat of 'The Sky Was Pink'. It is somewhat disappointing that there are not more tracks that stand out like this, and whereas other tracks like 'Bumblechord' and 'Long Sunny' are fine and dandy, they do tend to merge into the overall scheme of things. Luckily for Fake, and us the listeners, the scheme is a good one.
This definitely matches up to my favourite electronic album of last year, Boards of Canada's excellent 'Campfire Headphase', and hence fully deserves a four-star rating.