Norman's favourite spacebarphobe FaltyDL follows up last year's 'Hardcourage' with a second album for Ninja Tune (and fourth overall), 'Into The Wild'. You can no doubt expect all his signature hesitant synthscapes and woozy drift-hop warmth on his most honest and heartfelt release to date. He even wrote a poem about it.
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FaltyDL returns this week with his fourth album, and second on Ninjatune.
We've got a bit of a soft spot for MrDL here at Norman Towers because he once collected together a database of all our weekly update titles back when they had a more surrealist bent than they do today. Pro tip if you want to get in our good books: do something really weird to show that you love us.
Anyway, 'In The Wild' is a pretty epic effort, spanning 17 tracks and four sides of LP, so I can hardly give you a full blow-by-blow account, but I'm very much enjoying it. He's refined his synths'n'beats wooze-hop aesthetic into something deeply involving and fully formed and most importantly enjoyable to listen to. It's an easy-going ride for the most part (although things do get a bit twisted towards the end, most notably in the bubbling synth arpeggios and jarring dischord-drones of 'In The Shit' and the deconstructed breakbeats of 'Danger'). For me it falls somewhere between FourTet and Gold Panda, which is a pretty good place to be as far as I'm concerned. Thumbs up.
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