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- Fugitive by Sommet
9/10 Mike Staff review, 20 September 2013
Ooh, I’m liking this a lot. I don’t know a lot about Sommet and the press release isn’t giving a lot away but the sleeve to this LP indicates that this is the work of Clement Bonnet and Sebastien Rosat, who I’m assuming are French until instructed otherwise. They’ve pieced together seven tracks of pulsating soundtracky goodness using an impressive selection of classic synthesizers, and Desire Records have done those songs justice by putting together a stunning package with white vinyl (limited to 100!), a colour printed insert and a beautiful glossy thick board sleeve.
As for the music itself, it’s ‘80s style soundtracky synth worship which reminds me of fellow French duo Egyptology but a little more lighthearted, with penultimate track ‘Hillary Step’ coming across like a filter-happy take on Mark Mothersbaugh’s music for ‘The Life Aquatic’ with a cheeky little electro-funk breakdown hinting at a love of Moroder, while the album’s other clear highlight ‘Khumbu Icefall’ opts for a cooler and more measured Vangelis/John Carpenter/Zombi kind of tip. Uplifting and instantly likeable synth action for fans of Egyptology, Tangerine Dream, Steve Moore, etc.
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