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Well here it is, Thieves Like Us's long-lost “ambient” album. In '04 the synthpop trio recorded this intriguing journey into electronic textures and late night melodies. To be honest, calling it ambient seems a bit misleading because in reality this is essentially a beat-led slab of quite varied techno and electronica stylings, undoubtedly influenced by the early '00s Berlin in which it was recorded...I guess what they're trying to say is that this time round there's no pop songs. Sometimes it's icy and measured, but then there's tracks like 'F R Judith' that are actually pretty propulsive and melodic and at the right night would totally get the party bumping. There's ominous, glitchy stuff, too, and some quite chiptunes-esque sounding moments (although presumably all made with keys and real drums). With two of them operating drums and all three doing some sort of keyboard or synth business, there's a lot of variety in terms of tone and rhythm that's dealt out in a really calculated way, and the compositions are uncluttered and bright and detailed. This is a really easy record to listen to and draws you in without imposing itself on your poor fragile psyche. Just what I need after an exhausting few days.
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