3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Beats and Sonic Treats,
This review is from: scintilli (Audio CD)
Plaid are British-based duo Andy Turner and Ed Handley and their album
'Scintilli' shows ample evidence of the pair's musical acumen and intelligence.
With its roots deeply entrenched in a rich seam of lyrical electronica the
thirteen fine tracks in this collection rarely fail to sustain our attention.
Melodically fascinating and rhythmically adventurous the music runs the gamut
from serious to playful with a light touch and a beady eye for small detail.
The arrangements are largely instrumental and when voices are sparingly used
they undergo substantial sonic transformation (the jaunty 'unbank' is a
particularly enjoyable and just-about danceable example). Although complex
in structure there are also some strikingly simple and tender moments too.
The limpid and luminous progression of 'craft nine' (the lower-case titles
belie their stature) is like a winter dream landscape frozen in time and
'35 summers' with its cascading crystalline water drops sounds as though it
might have been recorded in an underground cavern. A delightful confection.
'african woods' is a hoot'; bristling and bubbling along like a playful
puppy on its first walk in the park, it's almost impossible to keep still to!
Final track 'at last' rounds the set off in addictive laid-back Latin style.
I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time with this splendid little album.