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The best sounds out of Detroit for a long time,
By A Customer
This review is from: Black Buildings/Ep (Audio CD)
Well I couldn't have asked for a better album to round off the year. This record is simply breathtaking.
Most electronic music coming out of Detroit is either techno or house and I always wondered who would use the typical Detroit sound in an ambient way and at last here is the definitive ambient Detroit album.
Now there are beats, but very few, and there are no 4/4 beats, most of the tracks are ambient cityscapes with the melodies and bassline doing the work.
This is one for the dreamer. Neil Oliveirra, the man behind this album, went out on his bike on the last day of summer in Detroit and recorded various sounds of the city which he then put into this album. It is by no means full of samples, very few to be exact, but what he does is let the music imitate the sounds he picked up. From seagulls sleeping in a car park, to sounds of people and the sound of hot air rising up through the manholes, Oliveirra captures it all. Originally a drummer, he is also now a master of electronics.
The opener, 'Gratiot' slowly evolves into a percussion filled melodic piece and leads into 'Abstract forward motion', a track comprised of beautiful, harmonic keyboard sounds. 'Force' is the standout track for me, a beating bassline slowly enveloped by swooshing atmospherics and ending up surrounded by harmonic keyboard effects before slowly fading out again. There are darker ambient pieces, but not dark as in harsh, 'Fate as a chasm' for instance is a much more evenly balanced track with no harmonic keyboards, it just glides along.
Alongside Indio's "Snowdrifts" track, this is the sound of what Detroit really has to offer. At last there is an album full of these sounds that never tire your senses. Listen, lie back and dream of the stars or the motor city.