A mostly electronic record here from Yppah. Something of a kaleidoscope this one, with the producer sending a swirl of sample fragments, guitars and synth ambiences over driving, martial beats. Tiny Pause is his fourth full-length record, and is pressed to clear-with-green-splatter vinyl. Out from Counter.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 October 2015
This is the type of record to get our resident old man Ian moving around in his seat.
It sits in that place where electronics meets post rock guitars. It’s full of sweet (almost twee at times ) melodies over stuttery drums and dreamy soundscapes. On ‘Occasional Magic’ a vocal loop in brought in to decent effect. Boards of Canada could never be this nice so for comparisons we are looking at folks like Tycho and Ulrich Shnauss. Back in the early 2000’s there were lots of people making stuff like this - we’d get cdr’s full of the stuff - but its tailed off in recent years as artists struggle to push it into new shapes. The same old comparisons are everywhere ‘Little Dreamer’ mixes squelshy Boards of Canada synths with a rurally great drum break, ‘Neighbourhoods’ has a nice pumping bass sitting ‘neath flanged guitar and cut up voice samples…all very Schauss.
It’s all extremely well executed and the mix of guitars and electronics is seamlessly done. A well made album of the type of stuff I’ve heard a few times before. I ain’t complaining.
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