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Here we have the second wax offering from Opal Tapes sub-label Black Opal. This is the first I've heard of Cloudface so if you want a more informed read about the artist check our customer review as that chap seems to know what he's talking about.
This is a 7 track mini-album/ EP kicking off with the warm Detroit/ Drexciyan / The Other People Place style warm soulful electro of 'Coffee'. All crisp drums, dreamy hazy synth and acidic bassline. 'Bobok' continues the lush warm vibes with stirring ambient soundscapes and stuttering rim shots, ever so slowly, a subtle wriggling acid line emerges and the beats come together into a stoned clicky 4/4 along with submerged vocal sample. Then onto the Legowelt inspired 'Let Gone' which although exhibiting a few Danny Wolfers Hallmarks heads into more melancholy territory.
'Reduction' is a funky, bleepy electro ass mover. The brief 'On None' is stripped back drums, cracking 909 claps and sun bleached soulful decayed house keys, kinda remisiscent of MGUN. 'Salamander' is raw, nervous, twitchy acid over Drexciyan aquatic backdrop. Finally 'U & Me' is a pretty almost Vangelis circa Bladerunner style synthesizer orchestration. Lovely stuff, reasonably lo-fi and not over produced with it's charm being in the simplicty of letting just a few machines convey the emotions.
10/10 Aesthetic Nature Customer review, 6th August 2014
As a 2nd release on S. Bishop's Black Opal series comes this impressive 7-track untitled masterpiece by the Canadian musician and sound experimentalist David Reynolds (aka. Cloudface). Presented in a beautiful 12" format with inserts added, the record contains a wide sound variety of minimal techno and easy house jams, reminiscent from Irdial Discs, Drexciya and early Aphex Twin; plus the characteristic contemporary sound identity of maybe the greatest dance distributor in the canadian riviera: Mood Hut, house of proyects like Aquarian foundation, PSS, Jack Jutson, etc, where Reynolds released his well recognized Devonian Garden 12" about a year ago.
The tracklist features an "up-down-up-down" configuration, wich is first driven by a crucial slow-dance enviroment, made with many Roland percussion and bassline constructions, plus overlayed synth chords and progressions with live analog effects added. Tracks like "Reduction" and "Let Gone" are a 120-ish bpm dance induced rush, while cuts like "Bobok" and "U & Me" explore a more introspective side of Reynolds musical ouvre, shaping organic melodies onto deep decontstructed beats. However, as the minutes go by, each and every track brings a unique ethereal feeling, as if the many delays, reverbs and sound distortions on Cloudface synth keys were crawling under your skin second by second. I sincerely suggest you to get a copy of this now while it's still available.
Also, keep in mind his cassette tape on Nice Up Intl., a personal favorite that has been repressed on vinyl this year by the UK label Going Good Records.
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