Sergio Giorgini, of Benoit & Sergio, makes very different music with collaborator Steven Ford (Half Hawaii). Stripped back and much more instrument focused with a dance backbone. With live drums and ethereal vocals it’s closer to a shoegazey indie pop record. Includes reworkings by BBC Radiophonic Workshop director Matthew Herbert, and Foom label head Ben Freeney.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 27 October 2016
Dance music as played to your bath-submerged ears. This collaboration sees Bruno Pronsato and Benjamin Myers meet up and perpetuate grooves only to fall asleep as they happen, waking up to experience the whole thing in a sort of slow-motion hallucination. Listening to “Another Year” is like hearing a super-repetitive Daft Punk motif through the lens of a shoegaze tune, a distant vocal humming and a flaring ambient overlay creating a beautiful disorientation.
It’s a nice idea and offers an inventive retooling of certain expectations that might be in Myers, considering his place in Benoit & Sergio. The acoustic guitar loop of “Cruel is the Color” mixes with a meek beat and a whispered vocal, the track developing into something gloomier and more confounding than dancefloor euphoria. “Certain Corners”, which features bassist Yonatan Levi, is the third in a trilogy of pop fractures, never quite assembling its distinct patterns into one and instead letting them man separate stations -- the vocals, and then the bassline, simply tumble into the song. Wonderfully atmospheric, this 12” has two remixes that attempt to make sense of what all this is, then -- one from BBC Radiophonic Workshop affiliate Matthew Herbert and another from Ben Freeney.
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