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When the funky opening break quickly gave way to some Cinematic Orchestrachords, I thought that all the album would have to offer would be more ofthe same. However, listening further, I was pleased to discover that thiswasn't the case. While several of the tracks sound rather familiar,Skalpel have managed to introduce some interesting new textures andrhythms, and some tracks take the style in interesting new directions.
The band's instumentalists are all accomplished (the double bass playerwas a particular favourite, reminding me of Red Snapper's tightness) andblend well with jazzy elements, atmospheric samples and electronics. Mosttunes manage to explore a distinct mood, though all evoke rain-soakedmonochrome visuals.
The name Skalpel tells you much that you need to know: even when dippingits toe into funkier breaks and licks, the sound retains a cold, sharpedge. Clean, spacious production marries well with and their strongfilm-noir influence; this is beat-led music to watch the world in blackand white by.
In summary, they're along the lines of the Cinematic Orchestra, but dooffer some starkly cool new monochrome ideas.