Lost Tribe Sound love Skyphone, so it makes sense that the label have teamed up with the Danish group for the release of new LP Marsh Drones. The band’s blend of folk instrumentation, electronics, post-rock and a dash of musique concrete is in rude health on this careful, pretty record. For similar artists you’re looking at Telefon Tel Aviv, Bonobo, Fink, that kinda vibe.
Limited Vinyl LP £23.49
180g vinyl LP on Lost Tribe Sound. Limited Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies in reverse board sleeve.
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
- Only 3 copies left
Skyphone are a Danish trio who released their last album 'Hildur' online with little fanfare. They're now back with 'Marsh Drones', their first album in five years. It's a record that feels warm and organic, while also being full of dry trip-hop beats and peripheral electronic textures. Skyphone have found a perfect synergy of the natural and synthesised.
The first thing that jumped out at me was how sumptuous the production was. Beats are often barely audible, merely ticking over with gentle hisses and electronic burbling, which gives the music a reverential air. For a record that is full of stuff, be it acoustic guitars, samples, processed electronics, autotune, synth pads, drones, drum machines, treated percussion, 'Marsh Drones' never sounds saturated. It's seems sparse, somehow, and that's down to Skyphone's talent for songcraft and arrangement.
The songs on 'Marsh Drones' occasionally sound at odds with themselves. This is due to the strange interplay of the acoustic and electric. For instance, on 'Les Clouds', there are heavily treated vocals in the left headphone and dry vocals in the right. However, the parts always recalibrate into something that, while not sounding together, always sound like they're meant to be heard together. The pieces each conjure the image of hundreds of tiny mechanical components fulfilling a different role but in doing so become one complete, functioning machine.
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