Many of Geotic’s past releases have tended towards tender ambient drone, but Abysma is a dance music record. That said, Geotic (aka Will Wiesenfeld of Baths) makes clear that this is dance music as intimate, at-home experience with a gentle lift to it. With Will’s vocals turning some of these tracks into full-on songs, Abysma is a lovely listen. On Ghostly International.
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Thankfully this is good enough that I don't have to write the review that says 'should have added an 'l' to the end of the title. So disappointed.
Anyway this is not abysmal at all and in fact is a rather nice batch of seductive electronica from the pen of Will Wiesenfeld of Baths and no disrespect to Baths because people like them but I think I'm enjoying this a lot more. It's the sort of glistening electronics that is also made by the likes of Bonobo or Tycho but despite a coffee table sheen on opener 'Sunspell' Wiesenfeld produces lovely chords out of his locker that remind me of the Blue Nile. This gives the track the perfect combination of dance floor sleekness and an emotive pull. The sounds are beautiful but if I were to whine about something it's perhaps a lack of depth to the tracks. Both 'Nav' and 'Actually Smiling' seem to drift along perfectly pleasantly but when you are wanting something to happen nothing does. Perhaps he could have used his voice to more effect here as there are certainly gaps for it to fit.
Like Tycho this is airy drifty electronics, perfect for the soundtrack to the holiday beach laze or as incidental music to the helicopter shot of the golf course. It's best bits remind me of the clever and intricate electronica of Telefon Tel Aviv and 'Vaunted Ceiling, Painted Sky' the shards of violin give a much required depth to proceedings.
A pleasant way to spend 30 odd minutes and further strings to the lad's bow.
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