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Here’s multitalented Londoner Oliver Cherer’s fourth album under the Dollboy moniker, having previously brought out albums of electronic music and more traditional songwriting. It was original released in 2010 in an edition of just 150 CDs and now it’s back for those who missed the boat first time.
For those who’ve heard his previous records, this is nothing like his previous records. This time round he’s homed in on the theme of “ghost stations” - underground train stations in London and Berlin which are no longer in use and have been sealed off and abandoned. The sounds on here are comprised of field recordings made in these spooky underground spaces and lots of spooky synth and piano based ambience, sometimes incorporating strings, brass and woodwind, but never overcrowding the sonic palette.
It isn’t as dark as that makes it sound, though, and actually despite the chilling tones it’s quite a relaxing listen. Take ‘Potsdamer Platz’ for example - a distant female voice chatters indecipherably over a graceful piano melody tempered by some Carpenter-esque synth bursts. It has an unsettling lullabye-like quality which reminds me of the closing titles to Satoshi Kon’s ‘Paranoia Agent’. When things get denser it’s kind of like Nate Young jamming with Rain Drinkers - a strange fusion of synthetic and organic sounds which builds up a gnawing tension. Very chilly. Initial copies come with a limited remix CD too. Bargain.
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