Beautiful modern minimalism,
This review is from: Music For Objects (MP3 Download)
There have been some great EP's (not to mention mixtapes) released this past year: FKA Twigs, DJ Rashad, Koreless, Kingdom, Visionist and most recently Burial. Out of all of them, this one is probably my favourite. It's atmosphere is just overwhelmingly pleasant, elegant even.
It's not normally something I pick up on when listening to music, but the use of reverb here, especially on the piano, is immaculate. It provides the perfect ambiance for the tones to sit in. It's somehow reminiscent of Ryuichi Sakamoto's 80's piano recordings. Besides that the clear homage to Philip Glass is evident (I don't know how it's happened but some arpeggios, even relatively basic ones, are almost trademarked to Glass). However, CFCF doesn't replicate exactly Glass' use of timbre, sometimes leaning more towards Reich or Nyman (or marimbas and saxophones, respectively). These classical minimalist stylings plus the use of 90's digital synth presets (very blatant ones akin to Eyeliner or that kind of vaporwave artist) give the EP a nostalgic element for me. Although maybe too busy to be background music, I could see this being used on an old VHS documentary about modernist architecture (I.M. Pei or somebody, glass and steel, white walls etc).
I think I prefer this EP and his previous one, Exercises, to either of his full lengths (both very good however). Possibly the use of a concept to bind the work is more cohesive over the shorter format, or maybe I just prefer the conceptual influences. Either way, this EP is excellent and shows CFCF's talent as an impeccable producer.