Sophomore efforts are always difficult, but Vermont simply continues where they left off. On II, German synthesizer-whisperers Marcus Wogull and Danilo Plessow (from Motor City Drum Ensemble) once again show a world brimming with vintage analog electronics, where they have created exciting upbeat soundscapes approaching the krautrocky. A fine example of why we love it when Kompakt makes exceptions on its strict minimal-techno-producers-only policy.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 February 2017
If Chris Rea made chill out he'd sound somewhat like Vermont. These two synth whisperers from Motor City Drum Ensemble excel in balearic almost beatless soundtracks with guitar licks glistening against sun drenched synths on opener 'Norderney'. The kind of music perfect to capture your holiday laze on a beach as the sun goes down. Elsewhere they drop the guitars (they are far too much hassle to carry in your luggage) and instead drift around pleasantly with the relaxing tones of bloopy synths and some horizontal rhodes piano. There's just the hint of raves long ago lurking under the surface if you look carefully.
It's a slow record. Sometimes it feels as if it is carrying too much burden for a holiday record, too much melancholy that you can take away with you. But it's a lovely listen. The pieces are simple and melodic and have a hazy summer night feel which provides a perfectly evocative soundtrack. Despite it's balearic heat haze I think this is bloopy enough to have fans of Ghostbox synth worshipping.
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