Because who doesn't love a bit of iridescent colour in their lives? The second release from Norfolk electronic producer Luke Abbott saw him moving into more varied and atmospheric styles grounded in modular synthesisers which sound both futuristic and plucked straight from 1970s Germany. Released through James Holden's ever-reliable Border Community label. Check our 9/10 review just below.
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180g vinyl LP on Border Community.
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CD on Border Community.
Border Community is a proper survivor of a label. To survive you need to adapt. Epic tech-house club bangers are all very well and good but you gotta keep things fresh and crispy innit. Label chief Holden surprised many with the relatively un-dancefloor friendly aspects of his brilliant kosmische-kissed 'Inheritors'. Label mainstay Luke Abbott has delivered a similarly perplexing follow-up to his acclaimed exhilarating opus 'Holkham Drones'; an album that will have been in many a discerning DJs bag, yet was equally at home um....played at home.
This is an awkward one to review, not that it's poor in any way. Perish the thought! 'Wysing Forest' is merely a very strange, often beautiful baby. A bizarre, woozy odyssey that often sounds like a ponderous modular jam session spilling with awkward flurries of raw beats, melancholy star-gazing synth washes and delicious trails of analogue dissonance. Luke has fashioned an undeniably peculiar album here that unravels gradually with virtually no concession to the club culture from which he stemmed from whatsoever. It's a proper mad space-face sojourn.
Here we have a marvellous, absorbing record, rich in ponderous mystery, grainy texture, compelling muddy distortion and an enticing exploratory solitude. There are no "standout" songs as such on here bar maybe the euphoric glimmer of 'Free Migration' and the pulsing, celestial ambient techno shimmer of 'Highrise'. As a notable centrepiece of smile-inducing electronica, this track totally rules. I wish it were longer than a mere four minutes!
Ever intriguing and ultimately greatly rewarding, 'Wysing Forest' is to be enjoyed as a whole to reap the benefits of this man's quiet, considered futuristic vision. It works well as an unrealised soundtrack to the sci-fi flick you've yet to write in your fat creative mind. A wonderful, rewarding album that will surprise many.
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