A1 Never In And Never Out
A2 Modular Existence
A3 To A Void You Is All Now
B1 Dial Up Infinity
B2 Them To BC
B3 Just Saying
C1 A Plus Tard
C2 The Elastic Snapped
C3 Build A Church With Your Fear
D1 How It Destructs
D2 The Difference Between
D3 Good Erics
Helpfully, there's a host of reviews on Andrew Coleman's own site of this album.
It's the mark of an artist wanting to be taken seriously when records start coming out under their own name, rather than the silly one they came up with in their youth. No doubt his next album will be more 'song-based' [See Locust's releases for a warning from history, whose output started to go down in quality in 1996, and has now gone through the Mohorovičić discontinuity (if the Earth's crust could be said to represent any form of artistic merit)].
It also doesn't help being on ntone, aka Ninja Tune's boring off-shoot. Now defunct, not surprisingly. It was meant to be the experimental electronic off-shoot, but they were a bit slack with the quality control, and 'experimental' just began to mean like Ninja Tune, but slower and less funky.
I should stop being so negative though, because this isn't a bad album at all. I remember it being an impulse buy, because it was about £3, and was on a label I'd heard of, by an act I'd kind-of heard of. I thought they'd be a bit more Christoph da Babylon, and a bit less Zero 7, but it's pleasant enough. Very much like Zero 7, Plone et al, but slightly rougher at the edges, and all the better for it. Clearly some cheap keyboards being used and abused, and the drum breaks get going on a couple of the tracks. Not Build a Church with Your Fear, though. Talk about over-promising with the title. Sounds more like Build a Sandcastle with Your Bucket & Spade to me.
No real stand out tracks. Music to listen to whilst doing the housework, or to have on in the background when people you don't know are coming round, and you're not sure what they'll like. Or even, "A gentle introduction to the world of ambient music" ... I could go on.
But I won't.