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This is one of those dance music records. Or is it dank music? I'm not sure, I think it's with a soft C. Anyway, basically you just move your body along to the music for an extended period of time. It's wild. More specifically, this Lone fella seems to be making mid-'90s influenced electro-house with lots of Plaid-style trebly staccato melodies and brash, pumping beats. It's a bit heavy-handed in places but the melodies and textures are consistently pleasing to the ear, but a little more restraint might have helped in places here, but when you're on the dancefloor it's the beats and the melodies that count and this record has those in droves. 'Lying In The Reeds' is a particular highlight with its sly polyrhythms and bright soft-synth melodies appealing to both the brain and the feet, which is easier said than done with this kind of thing...how to keep it simple without making it stupid, you know. That's the trick that Lone has stumbled upon for large sections of this record. 'Earth's Lungs' is another example of this, with the Plaid-ish chimes being particularly prevalent here. It's not perfect by any means, the textures don't vary an awful lot over the course of the album and sometimes the brash melodies and simple beats can seem a little clunky and unsubtle, but when he gets into his stride Lone can construct some formidable and pumping compositions.
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