Planet Mu has made a name for itself with its persistant persuit of new talent, this latest endeavour bringing to life the debut work of L.A's Edward Ma, aka edIT. The sound is a somehow familiar blend of acoustic "song" constructions developed with electronic means, but the delivery stands out for its intricacy and warmth. Album openers "Ashtray" and "Ants" play around careful guitar strums and post-rockish tendencies, interjected with vocal hiccups and loops more reminiscent of the man Prefuse 73. The instrumentation seeps through with a lo-fi, distant tinge - think of an instrumental version of Styrofoam's excellent last album for Morr Music for a frame of reference. Only album closer "Mildew" departs from the blueprint, instead opting for a more Tommy Guerero-esque strum of the lonely guitar in a relaxed, sunny manner. "Crying Over Pros For No Reason" doesn't necessarily add any new words to the electronic / acoustic vocabulary, but the language it employs is articulated with a lovely, heartwarming understanding of melody and construction that should be applauded and checked out by those of you who live life on the mellow side without delay. Nice.
I can't stress how good the music on this album is. You can instantly tell that the artist really worked hard on perfecting this...there isn't a bad track on this album...every track has a story to tell. I personally love the magical "Laundry". Everytime I listen to this album I discover something new, this is definitely up there with my favourite albums of all time. The beauty of this album is in the detail, it's a glitchy-hip hop-electronic trip. Even when it's fast and furious there a chilled bass line that evens the keel.
To sum it up: a beautifully mastered, ingeniously crafted, timeless record; years ahead of the game. I don't think this can be bettered or topped even by edIT himself. You'll never hear anything like it.