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- Touch/Tone by I Am Robot And Proud
8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 February 2014
I Am Robot And Proud is the alter-ego of Toronto's Shaw-han Liem. It's been nearly six years since his last album 'Uphill City', which I haven't heard, but still I presume that means that 'Touch/Tone' is the result of several long years of tweaking and honing. It certainly sounds like it.
This is production-focused instrumental electronic pop with intricately detailed textures and melodies and a light, bouncy feel, from the same school as people like Cornelius and Dntel and Caribou. Restless robotic rhythms swarm around funky bass grooves, droning synths and all manner of twinkling and fluttering digital melodies.
I'm on my second listen through and I'm still getting my head round all the layers of fidgeting, sprawling sound which are rushing past my ears. It's quite intense in some respects but also beautifully measured, relaxing and sometimes poignant, if a little Postal Service-ily sentimental in places.
Superbly executed stuff full of glistening melodies and feather light rhythms, this will stand up to many more repeated listens than I have time to give it right now.
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