Retep Folo (solo outlet for Peter Olof Fransson, of Exhadley and The Owl Report) presents Galactic Sounds, an album inspired by childhood wonderings about the cosmos. The idea is that the listener can transport the listener to imagined lands in much the same way a child’s dreams might, and these library-esque tracks ought to fully achieve that intent. Vinyl release on Clay Pipe Music.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 March 2018
Actually it doesn't matter what I say about this you are going to buy it well lots of you are anyway. It's beautifully presented (as Clay Pipe records always are) and the music pretty much fits exactly into the music bought by demographic of people who grew up listening to early electronic compositions and music for schools.
They use ancient analogue equipment to make a series of fluttering analogue synth experiments with a home made feel that often recall those Young Marble Giants instrumentals where they used the organ rather than the guitar. Opener 'Galactic Pulse' has a melody that is very much along the lines of those made by Broadcast and there's a bit of the instrumental side of Stereolab from time to time but otherwise it's kind of prettily distant drum machine and keyboard composition with an otherworldly feel that fits in perfectly with the idea of a child staring out at the cosmos.
At one point I forgot that I wasn't listening to John Shuttleworth but these are insanely pretty compositions. Like a sweet shop it is possible to over indulge on the confection but like the self same shop it's all rather sweet indeed.
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