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- Default by Atoms For Peace
8/10 Mike Staff review, 15 November 2012
Well this one’s certainly interesting, and I expect a fair few of you have been eagerly awaiting its arrival. After getting together to translate Yorke’s solo album ‘The Eraser’ into a live setting, the megagroup of Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker and Flea had so much fun that they decided to turn it into an ongoing project. Here at last is the first physical evidence of the fruits of their labours, and as you would expect this lot can come up with something very smooth and accomplished when they put their heads together.
Lead track ‘Default’ features a swelling synth melody, clicky late-night techno beats and plenty of Yorke’s trademark falsetto scat warbling. It basically sounds like a slightly more techno Radiohead, and as such is bound to please a lot of people. On the flip ‘What The Eyeballs Did’ follows a similar template but with more emphasis on an alien d’n’b-inflected12-groove from the rhythm section over which some gentle synth stabs and spare vocals drift sensually.
Finally to close we’ve got an instrumental edit of the lead track which is pleasantly creepy but will probably be found a little unnecessary by most. They’re hardly breaking new ground, or particularly trying to, but they’re making lushly detailed, dark electro acoustic dance music with skillful, sinewy grooves and insidious melodies and I for one am enjoying it.
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