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Trace – Under Cover

May 14, 2010 by  

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Trace – Under Cover

NAME: Trace
ALBUM: Under Cover
YEAR: 2010 (June 15th)
LABEL: Crash
RATING: 3/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Thoughtful electronica with complex dimensions

LOCATION: United Kingdom

LINE UP: David Impey (various software including Steinberg, Propellerhead, and FM8)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Impey’s latest is the culmination of years of graft slaving to the corporate soundtrack world, honing an impressive array of instruments and equipment to produce a three track covers album, erring on the chill-out end of the electronic spectrum. ’Tubular Bells Part 1’ ranges from bass-heavy rock to folk, via the ghettoes of funk to the village greens of folk. It’s all encapsulating, but definitely one to do the housework to… and at over 32 minutes long, that’s a lot of hoovering. ‘September-Colors/Dance’ was originally an autumnally themed piano piece, but Impey reprograms the whole thing into a non-event of equal value. ‘The Neighbours Complain’ was written by Impey’s father Norman as an exercise for big band drummers to “give it some”. Here though, Impey’s genius is in the simplicity of his overlays and conjures something very danceable and jolly, but unfortunately very Yuppie.

SOUNDS LIKE: he can’t shake the advert-soundtrack sea he has fared so well in.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: wide-ranging soundtracks, and having noise in the background when doing something pleasant- like gardening, or scrubbing the blood out of those dungarees.

LINKS: Official Website

– Owen Williams






 

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