8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 January 2013
This is described on the press release as a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument comprising 50 bronze bells. And certainly from the first few minutes its like woaaaaah bell overload. Half way through some nice warm bass is brought in and the track gets a Plaid-like feel then shifts again into something much more rhythmic.Basically what’s going on here is we are mixing warm synths with bells.
I’m listening to one of the tracks (oh don’t ask me which one) - it has a lovely soft feel to it, warm analogue noises not unlike some of Squarepusher’s more melodic pieces but has a lot of bells tinkling over it. I’m wondering, and this could be slightly radical, if I’d like it better if the bells weren’t there. I just don’t think I’m that into the sound of them. Maybe theres too much of them. The progression of the music is lovely though - it’s heartwarming, skittery electronica of the highest order. It’s also hard to hear a bell and not think of Philip Glass and a lot of the sounds here are Glass-ian.
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