Daniel Brandt (of arpeggio-techno krafters Brandt Brauer Frick) is back for another round of restless, jittery rhythms with Erased Tapes. Channels seems to follow on from last year’s Eternal Something, being of an acoustic-electronic hybrid tapestry of instruments (pianos, brass, bass, strings), synthesisers and prepared objects resulting in animated, melodically rich leftfield dance tunes.
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Daniel Brandt caught my ear with his stunning 2017 album Eternal Something which you should of course check out at the first opportunity. Once you've done that you should move straight on to this 2018 effort which is just impressive.
Brandt uses skittering polyrhythmic percussion and synth arpeggios to build up compositions that have their roots in the circular compositions of Phillip Glass but bring an inventive post Tortoise big band feel to proceedings. 'Cherry Dream' is the near perfect capture of what he does best, very similar in style and emotion to the music of Bristol's Manyfingers, he uses horns effectively to bring a warm touch to all the machine-like clatter.
Channels is remarkably pretty at times, 'Daze' uses Vini Reilly style guitars to build a bedrock of warmth over which clever drum patterns and long drawn out brass is added. Now I know you all like Mogwai and Public Service Broadcasting...both bands leave me somewhat cold... but to me this is what inventive post rock sounds like. It's not just the loud/quiet dynamic but it's the textural interplay of the instruments, the meshing of skilled playing that is both musical but with an emotional heart.
If Eternal Something showed what Brandt could do, here he is creating long form cinematic pieces to tug at every heartstring you thought you had available. Highly recommended.
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