8/10 Mike Staff review, 31 January 2014
It's taken me a couple of listens to get my head around this album, not so much because of what goes on as because of how little happens, but it happens in a very tasteful and listenable way, especially enjoyable whilst cooking dinner I found. Hatti Vatti seems to be re-disturbing the soil under which the short-lived post-driftstep movement of a couple of years back was buried, reminding me instantly of the likes of Clams Casino or Burial, but this is pared back to its barest essentials, a carefully constructed paper palace of clicky, spare beats and wispy melodic details.
The likes of Horror Inc and Forest Swords come to mind in terms of the minimal arrangements, but this is a more clinical, precise sound than either of those examples, even erring into Disclosure-ish territory sometimes but mostly getting away with it. I think what's keeping me from getting my hooks into it, though, is that for all the skill and restraint that's been put in, I'm struggling to find a lot of personality or soul locked in its mathematically constructed quality (and make no mistake, it is a carefully made album). I'm finding it well crafted and listenable and a very enjoyable album on certain levels but it's strangely hollow and emotionally blank too, I guess time will tell if this turns out to be a strength or a weakness - I'm ambivalent.
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