A techno album here from Mick Finesse with The Glamour of Despondency. It’s a very textured album with scratchy and disjointed beats which gives it a field recording type of feeling. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have your classic techno qualities of punchy rhythms and bubbling drum machine. The perfect soundtrack to a Berlin warehouse at 5am.
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- The Glamour of Despondency by Mick Finesse
8/10 Ant Staff review, 09 July 2015
‘The Glamour of Despondency’ is the debut album from Denver, Colorado DJ/ producer Mick Finesse who’s previously released on Perc Trax which gives some indication of where he’s coming from sonically.
Opening with ‘A Premonition of Pretension’-- a sampled phone call and ghostly ambience reminiscent of Aphex Twin's ‘Selected Ambient Works'. From the distance decayed techno rhythms slowly emerge. Onto the gently fizzing electronic noise and slow paced thudding, teasing kicks of ‘However Comma’. ‘For Every Positive Action There Must Be Objection’ increases the tempo, layering dirty kicks, distorted claps and a melody that sounds like it’s eroding every time it loops.
‘In Yearning For Aversion’ utilises thunderous kicks and shards of amen for momentum whilst below electronic static fuzzes alongside some ghostly synth. The introspective ‘Drowning In Contentment With No Hope In Sight’ takes low rumbling bass and a playful, melancholy loop to create and endless lost feeling. ‘Regret, As It Occurs’ closes the album with a stirring loop and detached, distorted vocal utterances. A few moments across the album funnily enough remind me a little of fellow Denver resident NON / Boyd Rice's very early work on Mute.
An album of experimental, industrial tinged ambient techno that hovers around the edges of the dancefloor as well as being equally satisfying on a pair of cans.
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