Andy Stott returns with a hotly awaited fourth album. Once again, Stott plunges into the gorgeous obsidian depths of treacle-thick distorted basslines and slow-mo juggernaut rhythms, to truly potent effect. Vocal collaborator of choice Alison Skidmore returns again on half the tracks. Too Many Voices is released by Modern Love.
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- Too Many Voices by Andy Stott
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 20 April 2016
It’s the man Andy Stott making that electronic music thing again. Music from another planet, robots, the future, an alternate universe, or just Garageband. In a world of drag-and-drop loops, who stands against the forces of awful music, to live another day in audible paradise?
I don’t know if Andy Stott is the messiah of electronic music, but he certainly knows how to wrench a good tune out of a bunch of hiss, bass whacks, bass womps, and pretty keys. He also has friends, such as voice of the record Alison Skidmore, who offers low-key whispers (‘New Romantic’ is just that) on a few of the tracks, often looped and screwed around with. The one at the helm conjures all sorts of glassy melodies, techno industrialism and low-slung steady beats that have more in common with grime to form a relatively understated record, this helped along by the washes of reverb that no one seems to be able to escape from these days.
There are some nice curveballs here though, the sporadic groove of ‘Selfish’ borrowing the Livity Sound Bristol bass style for a short while. But it’s the timbre of every stab and saturated hi-hat that is the real allure of Stott - these imperfections and controlled rawness keeping your mind truly fixed on the beat in hand.
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