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on 27 October 2007
Much anticipated follow up to 'Flock of Bleeps' which developed some pieces that had originally appeared on compilations. Younger Brother are Simon Postford (Hallucinogen/Shpongle) and Benji Vaughan (Prometheus). Their first release contained some quite spaced out experimental chill out, notably 'Crumblenaut' which was a great companion to the Shpongle sound. Fans expecting more of the same are likely to be in for a treat, or surprise and a major evolution in the Younger Brother sound. What Simon and Ben have done for 'The Last Days of Gravity' is create electronic music using a full band of musicians playing 'real' instruments and then taking the sounds and processing them. Anyone who has seen 'Younger Brother' live either at 'The Glade Festival' or any of the 'Twisted Records' parties, or even the recent rare appearance at a club in London will know that they can really pull it off live mixing fluid electronic ambience with the space rock acoustic sounds.
'The Last Days of Gravity' starts with an instrumental 'Happy Pills' that sets the scene as a good rolling introduction to the overall mood of the tracks on the CD. A certain groove based progressive dance music with electronica overtones. It is with 'All I want' that the album really starts to form a familiar but different parallel to other 'Younger Brother' or 'Shpongle' tracks. This track features vocalist 'Ruu' who breathes a subdued love ballad to heaven. This is one of many time displaced moments on the CD Simon Postford makes it all feel a whole lot longer than it's 9 minute running time as the track slowly builds. It starts developing a 'One of These Days' sound and has trappings of other Pink Floyd tracks but much more electronically processed.
Another track featuring 'Ruu' is more downtempo 'Ribbon on a Branch'. Some of this material has the feel of Porcupine Tree or Pink Floyd with it's nostalgia for past memories of childhood or lost love , or even Radiohead and just as the 'Thom Yorke' solo album 'Eraser' was initially hailed as a stop gap while fans waited for the next 'Radiohead' album but became a respected record in it's own right. While fans are thinking this may be a similar stop gap while they await the next Shpongle album, I should imagine this CD will become a work to be discovered and explored, as it feels like a complete suite and repeated listens reveal much more spaced out sounds and depth of mood. Even Simon and Ben's past appreciation of 'The Cure' comes out on the final track 'Psychic Gibbon' and there is a nice potential single with a Psy breakbeat future classic 'I am a Freak'. Because this work is nicely balanced it works as a whole, or as individual tracks, certainly some of the more spaced out material in the middle really takes you somewhere probably not as wonky a dimension as Shpongle but certainly a pure, even, blend of acoustic sounds of bass, drums and guitars, with state of the art electronics and the same quality that you would get from a Postford production or a Prometheus composition. This is not what you would call mainstream, but creates a much more accessible space than the multicultural, multidimensional diversity of Shpongle and it's Psy Chill lineage.
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