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Adem, the bassist of the aforementioned band, takes, in this album, a different path than Hebden has. Where Four Tet has stretched and morphed prior Electronica boundaries, bringing cinematic quality to melancholia and a expanded sonic palette, Adem moves closer to Folk, a hushed and intimate vision of what he sees and expects.
Now, to call Folk "hushed and intimate" is hardly a insight, yet Adem's brand of it manages to accomplish something personal and extremely worthwhile. Simplicity is key here, yet simplicity that cannot be confused with timidity nor the absence of emotional depth. Also, there are enough -yet subtle and spare- hints of Electronica to make this album fairly original.
There are no duds here, yet certain songs are remarkable enough to be singled out. "Ringing in My Ear, "Gone Away," "Cut, and "These Are Your Friends" are astounding examples of why "Homesongs" may end up mentioned as one of the best things that comes out this year.
"These Are Your Friends," particularly, shows that this guy may be no fluke. Listen to how the song, unpretentiously develops into a chant as the chorus grows in passion -repeating "everybody needs some help sometimes"- and seamlessly returns to its soft-sung beginning. It may even remind you of some early Beta Band tunes.
For the sake of situating him someplace along people you may already know, I would compare him to another two young, great new artists, Gravenhurst and Jim Moray.Read more ›
But where Four Tet, are predominantly instrumental, Adem has taken the same approach to laid-back and elegant Indie Electronic arrangements, but stepped out from behind the mixing desk, and laid down touching Folk-inspired songs of touching beauty that is a curious mix of singer/songwriter songs mixed with subtle electronica & Acoustic Guitar.
On the opener "Statued" there's an almost fireplace warmth to the proceeds, with gentle brushes of electronic introspection & a slightly haunting feel, accentuated by Adems bittersweet vocal. The folk-styled vocal accompaniment to this tacks give the songs far more depth & substance, than being an instrumental version could possibly hope to achieve.Read more ›
I highly recommend to fans of Sufjan, NMH, and The Decemberists. Those are the type of people that will most likely dig this album the most. Now I count the days until he releases a new one....
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I don't need many words to explain why this is an incredible CD.
Simple melodies, surprisingly beautiful lyrics, strong acoustics. Read more
I used to write these reviews all the time, at a time when I was two years younger and just beginning to establish a sturdy foundation of independent music in my soul. Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by R. Woollen