our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
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isn't afraid of the vibraphone. Or a whole wall of synths that
sound like the synths that sound like strings on Pet Shop Boys
records. Or of constructing a song out of six different haunting
melodies that all kind of give way to each other and shift around.
Or of constructing a chill-out mood where you're never really
sure what's coming next. And that's just the first track!
the beat-man behind weird London trio Elixir. He's also Professor
Smalls when he's in d'n'b mode, and here he is as soundscapist
under the name Sykes. This is really pretty great downtempo music,
with each piece constructed as carefully as it needs to be and
a great deal of attention paid to the mood that Stovey wants to
evoke. Need a funky TV theme for 2027's best sitcom? Try "Flawless
Secrets," which slinks right along electronically until its
surprise souled-out electric piano solo. Need a mood piece that's
equally close to Keith Jarrett and Si-Se? Well, "Espionage"
is your man, there. I like the way that "Past Futures"
is split into two parts, sandwiching the synth-tabla rai beat
of "Dunes" and the stutter-strut of "Interactivity."
No, I don't
know anything more about Stovey as a person now…he's not
a lyrics guy. But there's a certain heft here, the sense that
an intelligent person with real live brains and horses and everything
is behind it all. How many other albums can say the same? Uh…not
liked I Witness...
Let My Mind Wander
2. Everything I Dreamt I Saw Happen
3. Flawless Secrets
4. Lore & Disorder
6. Missing People
8. Past Futures (Part 1)
11. Past Futures (Part 2)