Producer Deceptikon has spent several years building up Presido, a record that features more so-called ‘real’ instruments than any of his previous efforts. They dance together with the electronic drums and jaunty synth patterns, creating quite a thick mass of groove. Double LP on Project: Mooncircle.
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- Presidio by Deceptikon
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 August 2015
A triple whammy of stuff on Project Mooncircle this week and it all sounds pretty super. I’ve drawn this out of the hat and I’m rather pleased I did as it sits perfectly in the mid point where laid back instrumental beats meet gorgeous post rock guitars.
I am liable to curl up forever in the basket provided by opener ‘From Time to Time’. it starts out with a chopped Dilla-ish beat but then things are lovingly added as if the perpetrator (Zack Wright) is making a particularly tasty soup. Bass pumps along melodically, New Order-ish guitars intertwine and rhodes pianos glisten. This will certainly appeal to people who found that the first Ulrich Schnauss album made them want to crush a grape. Wright never quite hits such dizzy heights again but there are plenty of enjoyable moments - ‘In Watermelon Sugar’ has one of those intentionally ill fitting beats with some friendly bleeps plonked atop. Wright has a trick and he uses it again here -- he brings a bass in half way through the track and it glues the whole thing together. Clever.
‘Hisashiburi/Missing You’ does it again with a big descending chord sequence. This is where post-rock meets electronica and if it’s all a bit 2004 and overly pretty at times it’s still expertly done. Fans of melodic electronica from Manual to Plaid early Four Tet to Dntel will find much to enjoy. Many tracks sound like they should soundtrack a feel-good end of a documentary where something brilliant happens and everyone is happy.
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