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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B005G10E1S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seminal electronic artists, film soundtrackers, former Björk band members and sonic craftsmen Plaid have announced the release of `Scintilli', their new album.
The CD will be available in a `Muda na Mono' puzzle pack (as shown). It contains two die-cut rings and a CD which can be assembled. If correctly aligned, the sphere created allows the track titles to be read. The packaging reflects a desire to give the CD an ornamental function, beyond its primary use as a basic storage device for music.
The vinyl format is limited to 400 copies in the UK.
The album, the band's first `proper' studio album for eight years, positions Plaid as not only master craftsmen of electronic textures and beats but also as keen purveyors of emotionally affecting soundtracks.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FeralClone on 26 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
With 20 years under their belt, Plaid are showing that they are still able to make heartfelt, thoughtful electronica. Scintilli is Plaid's 6th album in the 20 years (excluding - perhaps unfairly - soundtracks / visual projects), and, while not a masterwork, is an extremely engaging and enjoyable listen.

Scintilli does not represent a huge progression for the duo, with the belief appearing to be firmly in the "it ain't broke, why fix it" line of thinking. And it certainly ain't broke.

The atmosphere of Scintilli does feel somewhat more sinister and perhaps mellower than previous Plaid works. However, fans will be relieved to know that the established Plaid formula is not drastically altered and from the outset it is clear to whose work you are listening.

The first track 'missing' introduces the album with the traditional Plaid discordant, beautiful cacophony of harpsichord, piano and harp somehow all combining to a tuneful introduction. The listener is thrown off-guard by the second track 'eye robot' with heavier, darker synths before being wrestled back to a state of the arhythmic uneasy comfort you would expect from Plaid. The rest of the album progresses in a very Plaid-like manner - with the possible exception of the fourth track 'unbank', which I challenge anyone to hear and not think of Dr Who

Scintilli is a comfortable and reassuring listen and has more 'hummable tunes' than on some previous Plaid works, although perhaps not ones which will embed themselves into your memory, such as on 2001's Double Figure.

While the idea of 'mellow electronica' conjurs up thoughts of bad beach bars, don't be fooled, this is not the disposable pop you find in these places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: 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.

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By G. Whyte on 19 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For me, this is the electronic of the year. It's beautifully crafted. It's like art. Close to perfection. Plaid knew what they were doing here. Everything fits together perfectly as it was meant to be. Imagine Autechre having a blissful dream with the occasional reminder of what they're about - that dream is captured in Scintilli. Nice.
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By ryan on 25 July 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
A very beautiful layered album .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a treat for ears 6 Oct. 2011
By DeDub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really like the Rest Proof Clock Work and Trainer albums, they have held up incredibly well.

After multiple listens I am once again immersed in Plaid bliss. Scintilli sounds more mature than Rest Proof Clock Work and offers a more comfortable experience than Trainer. I found that the creative quirkiness that makes Plaid so much fun is more subtle on this album.

The art on the cover follows the art on the album. Find the Yellow "P" and the Yellow "d" and Plaid emerges. The play is on positive and negative space and traveling between. Is is 3D or 2D??? It's BOTH! Some of the songs are light and airy and others sound heavy and dark. Each track is inside out and upside down of the the other tracks and yet it flows so well. Listeners with dedicated ears will be rewarded when the volume is up. I do not expect this Album to get old, boring or repetitive.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Most interesting electronica I've heard in years 27 Jan. 2012
By RecAcoustic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And that's not to disparage Amon Tobin's recent work, Isam. For me, though, Isam is a little bit too challenging for frequent listening. A little too angular and brutal. Brilliant, nonetheless.

Put Plaid's Scintilli takes me back to the early days of modern electronica: early-mid 90's.

There was a playfulness and adventurousness back then that's lacking in much of electronic music these days. My inspirations were bands like Orbital, Underworld and Fluke.

There was a warmth and organic quality to those bands' music.

There was, for lack of a better word, 'presence' in that music which seems to have been lost in most modern electronica. Like there were actually people behind the machines. Not just loops and samples.

Scintilli brings back that warmth and playfulness.

No bloated 15-minute mind-numbing Trance anthems here. No tedious House remixes with drum machines on auto-pilot.

Each song here is a composition. With structure and forethought. A beginning a middle and an end.

There is heart in this music.

And it envelopes you like the warm embrace of an old friend.

What a pleasant surprise.

If only more electronic music artists would go down this road.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
plaid are back! 9 Oct. 2011
By Technoaddict - Published on Amazon.com
brilliant masterpiece! a work of true musical genius, imho. i just hope i can get to see them again on the new world tour!
Solid Album 1 May 2013
By Ed Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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Plaid never disappoints. If you're looking for something a little weird and unlike what most music is, buy it. It will have you hooked from song 1, on.
Great album! 15 Mar. 2013
By David Dees - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I had been listening to this Plaid album for a while when I bought it on vinyl, so there were no surprises. I usually don't buy vinyl without having heard the album several times first. No regrets there. This had fairly minimal packaging. Two discs, both with thin paper sleeves. The vinyl itself was medium thin, and the labels were a bit difficult to read (as far as A,B,C or D side) but anyone with moderate intelligence can do that with a little work, and it's not a big deal. Just noticed that the 3d art says "scintilli" on the front and "PLAID" on the back. Cool little detail for an already good album!
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