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Ambient excursion that takes a few listens
on 6 May 2009
Tosca's fifth studio album is their most avant garde yet. A far cry from the sublime dance/lounge electronica of their masterpiece, Suzuki, this is a more contemplative, ambient sound than their previous works. Most of the tracks have beats behind them, but the beats are simplistic and are no longer the focus - which for me is a disappointment, as Tosca are at their best when they're melding shuffling beats with staccato vocal snatches and dubby synth hooks.
The guest vocalists of the last couple of albums are gone too. In fact, vocals here are pretty much shunned, as are samples. Instead we get subtle pianos, plenty of guitars, the trademark Tosca bass, and even some strings. It's all a little civilised and, at times, a bit sterile.
That's not to say this album doesn't have appeal. It's a good think-piece, if that doesn't sound too pretentious - good background music for reading, say, or for drifting off into deep thought. But it's not really suited to social gatherings, and it's probably not going to win them any new fans. Still, as they say on the DVD interview, that's not what they're about. Maybe it's to their credit that they're ploughing new fields instead of just revisiting old haunts. I just wish they'd give us one more Suzuki before they retire their dancin' trousers altogether.