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A tender, multi-faceted sophomore LP here. While the quirky nautical focus of The Fisherman Abides recalls British Sea Power, there is a far greater stylistic scope to the songwriting from The Breathing Effect here. The group wed contemporary jazz chops to Mogwai-indebted post-rock and synth-led indie to create a record rich with detail and feeling. Out via Alpha Pup.

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The Fisherman Abides by The Breathing Effect
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 November 2017

Oh I do like a bit of jazzy post rock. reminds me know...Chicago. The place AND the band. The Breathing Effect are from Los Angeles and one of them has a beard. This album is one of those lovely records that marries laid back West Coast grooves with the progressive bits of post rock. Kinda Steely Dan meets Tortoise. These guys it's fair to say, have 'chops'. They can play a bit. On 'The Grove' they threaten to get into wibbly prog territory overtaking Flying Lotus on the highroad to synth wibble. Elsewhere though they reign in their more out-there tendencies and concentrate on producing a clever stew of exemplary playing with complex rhythm patterns, startling keyboard and bass runs but with sheets of post rock ambience drifting on top. It reminds me a bit of that Taylor McFerrin record we all liked but with added stretch. 

Some of it is so lovely, the fingerpicked opening of 'Josephine' is truly gorgeous and even then when it uses playfully climbing chord changes like an experimental Stevie Wonder, the band add drifting cascading wordless vocals to give a foggy evocative drift. Really fiddly, really lovely.    


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