- Audio CD (10 May 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Kompakt
- ASIN: B0038YID8Q
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,049 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Morning-after electro from a pair of London-based sorts with previous form in underground outfits, the debut album from Walls is the kind of woozy fare designed to soundtrack the haziest of dawns, to lift the heaviest of heads from narcotic slumber. It's a collection–brief at less than 30 minutes in length–that shifts from fuzzy drones to gentle beats and synths as spied through gauze of stripped circuit boards and old CPUs. But such is its lightness of touch that the listener may struggle to remember any aspect of it once the curtain's fallen.
What the record lacks in substance it makes up for in beauty–at no point does this eponymous set fail to have the heart at least faintly fluttering, as processed guitar passages dance around percussive elements that recall the slower-of-tempo moments of Nathan Fake and fellow Border Community artist Fairmont, as well as Ghostly International's Matthew Dear and Apparat, aka Sascha Ring. The latter artist's last solo album, of 2007, was titled Walls–if this release is named as a tribute, then the stylistic similarities certainly support the gesture. But while Apparat–last seen as half of Moderat–mixes introspection with dancefloor-minded material, Walls concentrate exclusively on the comedown. As such, they engage only when the situation suits; they complement a certain state of being rather than instigating actions through their own.
When vocals do appear they are out of focus, employed as melodic enhancers rather than narrative-deploying embellishments atop the mix. Without any lyrical hooks, Cylopean Remains and Gaberdine fit seamlessly into a sequence that encourages playing in full rather than pick-and-mix shuffling–but they omit the opportunity to stand out from the set to the detriment of this record's overall longevity. Simply, there are better albums out there that provide the perfect accompaniment to a foggy fumble towards sobriety–Eluvium's latest is a personal favourite, and Kompakt labelmate The Field is responsible for two albums of suitably stirring minimalism. But as an alternative to the suffocating paranoia of London's dubstep crowd and the techno tones emanating from the continent, Walls are (/is) as refreshing as a Sunday slide into a soothing swimming pool at the end of a summer holiday's unrestrained hedonism. --Mike Diver
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Top customer reviews
it can fit any mood, really and it encourages a range of emotions.
I'd recommend it if you like nathan fake, ulrich schnauss, dj shadow, four tet or caribou, amongst other cats.
Hope you like it as much as I do.
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This record gets into your ears, gets into your skin, it fills completely, you hear only once left trapped inside comfortable and ergonomic atmospheres, as full of substance and beauty in itself.
As refreshing as a Sunday slide into a soothing swimming pool at the end of unrestrained summer holiday to Hedonism.
A beautiful work space filled with sound that never disappoint you.
Smart, assembled in a spectacular way that lets you go feeling, seeing and hearing the different layers of sonic textures that provides you with this excellent production.
Pure minimalism, which at the same time (paradoxically) makes you feel full from so many elements that could be called somehow sound toys for adults.
Enjoyed it, another impeccable work distributed by Kompakt Records.
We also highly recommend the 12'' Vinyl Walls "Hang Four" with remixes that will blow your mind THE FIELD - LOOSE FIT - XAVER VON TREY - LOW OR FREAKOUT and of course a remix of ALLEZ ALLEZ.
WALLS is a sonic oasis lost in a big contemporary desert, is one of the best work I've heard in years.
Now I leave a fragment extracted from the Kompakt's website about THE WALLS:
Hang Four 12'' Vinyl
Walls // Kompakt
WALLS are a band from London made up of members Sam Willis (of ALLEZ-ALLEZ) and Alessio Natalizia (of BANJO OR FREAKOUT). "We take our inspiration by the sense of discovery, curiosity and playful nature of our approach to making music. We have a pastoral take on the natural world, music that has a natural, unique and personal feel - utilizing the best that old / modern technology has to offer." Kompakt continue to embrace fusion of the rock / dance divide paved on the label by the likes of THE FIELD with one of the most exciting new bands to emerge in the past year - WALLS. Their brand new self titled full length has already set them to be one of the biggest crossover acts of 2010. Vice proclaimed "Walls may just, unwittingly, represent the future" and Prins Thomas went off by saying amazing stuff..." We've enlisted a top shelf crew to tackle the first single "Hang Four". If your not already familiar with the original, Sam conjures a cascading slo-mo techno rhythm which finds an easy bond with Alessio's lush guitar picking. Label mate THE FIELD was an obvious pick for tackling the original and opens it wide open by building wave after wave of sources from the original into a kraut-disconized killer. Newcomers LOOSE FIT sweeten and deepen the techno side of the original by adding an electofied edge. XAVER VON TREYER runs the infamous SUPERSOUL RECORDINGS imprint and turns out a killer disco nugget with one of the best double bass rhythms we've heard in ages. Finally, the members of WALLS separated and come up with their own versions. Sam Willis aka ALLEZ ALLEZ churns out a Moroder-esque electro-house roller that fits surprisingly snug with the a fast pace guitar strum. Alessio's BANGO OR FREAKOUT guise dives into the lushest moments of the original and treating our ears to the truest of the sublime.