Savant has titled this record Artificial Dance, which is an interesting choice given that the music it contains is a lot less ‘artificial’ than plenty I’ve heard. Although loops and samples are clearly in play here, the instrumental tracks at the core of these pieces sound very much human, especially with the keen focus on interesting flaws. On RVNG International.

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Artificial Dance by Savant
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8/10 Laurie 02 September 2015

As our faithful descriptive hound Tom points out, this is a somewhat challenging name for an LP. It’s not really artificial, the introductory track confronting you with acoustic drum lines, yet their composition is purely fabricated, spliced together in a groove imaginarium.

Savant is the man Kerry Leimer, a studio dweller who has been pulling musicians together in an artificial jam space, playing with only themselves to be later forced together into rather intuitive rhythmic exercises. The sleeve rather humorously references Leimer’s previous solo material, in a self-deprecating way highlighting that “the problem with electronic music is that you can’t dance to it. Like a friend said, ‘people want music that they can clean house to’.”. Brilliant.

They’re not traditional dance tracks by any means, they jauntily amble along bringing in strange treated sounds and disparate speech on top of leftfield funk, afrobeat and mutant bossa nova things. I tell ya, people would lose their shit if they heard this out. Highly colourful music, with just the right amount of imperfection to effortlessly defy its title.


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