Fresh from a collaborative 12” with Beatrice Dillon, here is the new full-length statement from Call Super. Arpo is his second album, and it inhabits that super-textured ambient-leaning techno space that we’ve come to love from the producer. Eleven tracks deployed across CD and double LP editions, from Houndstooth.
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- HTH080 / 2LP on Houndstooth. Cut and mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Heavyweight 350 gram Outer, PVC spot gloss protective cover, printed artwork inners.
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9/10 Laurie Staff review, 08 November 2017
This snuck up on me. Boo, it’s a new Call Super album. This record’s title comes from his nickname, Arpo, but don’t go calling him that because it’s only reserved for friends. Once again on Houndstooth, Joseph Richmond-Seaton’s electronic project finally takes time out of the eternal 12” cycle to go into album mode seemingly without a break.
The apparent hastiness of its release has done nothing to water down the quality of the tunes on here. Sweetly melodic, texturally imaginative and percussively chill, Arpo thankfully ditches the musical urgency dialed in to the 12 inchers, replacing kicks with carefree blips and blops that at once encapsulate melody and rhythm, emotion and fun.
Let’s be clear, it still takes heavy influence from the binary suns of house and techno, but is like watching a club night from a nearby sofa with a no-thump policy, aside from some thick basslines but that’s fine. It’s sort of like when Floating Points released Elaenia, with just the same level of subtle space lounge, in fact, those brassy woodwindy instruments heard on the B side (I forget which tracks) remind me of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS. There are also hints of Karen Gwyer when she’s not making a stomping banger, toeing the line between groove and ambience.
Definitely a standout this week / year, an intriguing and beautifully produced electronic extravaganza.
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