A horrible hack

The Village Orchestra

Et In Arcadia Ego

Year Released: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Highpoint Lowlife
Reviewed by Ian Scanlon on Jun 13, 2007
From the label that bought you Erase Errata and the Mates of State (in the UK at any rate), as well as a nice record by a German band called Like a Kind of Stuntman (who people digging Grandaddy / Sparklehorse should check out), comes some luscious sounding electronica. I am not the worlds most expert consumer of this type of thing, I have selected ambient works volumes 1 and 2 by Aphex Twin, and an Orbital record as well as various comp's people have made me with stuff like Four Tet, Boards of Canada and Matthew Herbert on... so my vocabulary is limited. What I do know is that this record is very pretty though, the tracks here are pretty impressionistic, swathes of synths treated choral voices etc, but not in an Enya wallpaper fashion, more like the electronic parts of Hood's later albums. Most of the tracks develop slowly adding and subtracting parts, the beats where they come in at all are noise led clatters and stutters rather than obvious CLUB BANGERS, and most of the pieces are pretty lengthy, though they all slip by rather than make my finger rush to the skip button. Tthe stand out for me is probably "all the little lights go out" which is constructed like a very laid back Max Tundra track, from a seemingly unrelated series of parts and beats, and has some nice vocals really buried in the reverbed backdrop. As I say, I am by no means an authority on this area of music, but I know what I don't like, and i don't not like this.

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