Semaphore is the latest release from Auclair (Tanya Auclair) on Kit Records. Woozy post-dubsteppian avant-pop with a hint of understated R&B. Think Beach House, Broadcast and Little Dragon's more melancholic moments. The CD is limited to 200 copies and is accompanied by some dreamy artwork from the art department at Kit Records.
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The beautiful brightly-coloured packaging which holds this CD is sealed with a sticker so I must apologise for the lateness of this review as I spent some time trying to figure out what to do with it without spoiling someone's copy before eventually locating some soundclips online. I'm listening to it now, though, and it's a lovely EP of slinky minimal soulpop with a psychedelic leftfield bent, with Broadcasty synth textures and deadpan female vocals.
It's a very seductive mixture indeed, and I've listened to this EP all the way through a couple of times now because I keep spacing out while listening to it. Opening with Julia Holter-ish smoothness tinged with field recorded bumps and crunches and chirps in 'Mersea Mersea Me', 'Jupiter & Venus' then mixes a fluttering cosmic synth with sweet Ela Orleans-ish dreampop with breathy harmonies and boomy double bass. 'Here Come The Planes' is next with robotic vocals and flickering synth drones and a heartbeat-like bass drum - Holter again comes to mind and also Alice Cohen. Finally we've got 'Kimchi Landslide', a spicy concoction which mixes the cabbage of a stumbling trip-hop beat with the chilli of ghostly synth and vocal interplay. Delicious.
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