Published August 9, 2015
The opening track “Like A Bird” is well-named because it really does resemble the output of Mr. Oizo of Flat Beat fame. The blobby beats and tinkly top-end of “Throw It Away,” married to an insistent beat and strange squeezebox-esque sound, are a typically playful trick of Signout, aka Bjarnar Jónsson. Meanwhile, “Hear My Sweet Orange” seems like it’s going to explode into The Prodigy’s “Charly” before swerving into more ambient territory—the little trickster.
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A particular highlight is the more sonically experimental “Get Me Back,” a polyrhythmic, angular exploration of movement and dynamics. If C3PO got pilled up, this is what he’d listen to, and break out some badass body popping. There’s occasionally a hint of menace, too: the pad sweeps and lonely bells of “Bad Girl” swell and eddy in and out of the speakers with those unsettling brass-glass overtones firmly in play. It’s not quite Enigma, but it’s a buzzing, bizarre cousin to those electric monks.
In general, this is a collection of tracks that take full advantage of sonic and stereo spaces, providing rhythms and frequencies designed to flutter the heart, tickle the brain and get the feet itching.