With an unexpected turn from the signature breakcore sound of Planet Mu, Canada's 21 year old, Julian Fane, unfurls a stunning debut that belies his years. Taking hints from the epic and lush sounds of Sigur Ros to the fuzzed out sounds of Fennesz and the wailing voice of Thom Yorke, Fane constructs droned out electronic music with a heartbeat. Using dense layers of rolling drums, guitar swells, melodic pianos, haunting chimes, somber cellos & vocals (trks 2, 3, 6,
Kicking off with shuffling Boards of Canada-esque weirdness the standard is firmly set for the rest of the album. It's a downbeat, wispy and slightly melancholic affair that could lazily be compared to Mercury Rev or The Flaming Lips. It's pretty sad stuff all told, even if you're not a girl into self-harm. It is however well put together and the songs are more heart-felt, original and less annoying than say the whiny schlock of misos Coldplay, which is definitely a good
Reviewed by Nick Roberts (new-noise.net)
Julian Fane – Special Forces
"Canadian 21-year-old ex-stock broker Julian Fane debuts his songwriting skills on 'Special Forces' – 21, an ex-stockbroker and a songwriter… (OK, a Canadian songwriter, but no one's perfect)… he must be every woman's dream! Fortunately his music is not 'for the laydees' like fellow Canadian and self-styled troubadour Bryan Adams. Julian's inspiration stems from such diverse artists as The Flaming Lips, Godspeed! You Black
I don’t like quoting and I never do but this time it is necessary. Mike Paradinas (µ-Ziq/Kid Spatula) - the head of Planet Mu label - said about this album: "OK, maybe I've bigged it up too much, but it's a good album. Girls like it. People who hate Planet Mu will like it. He'll probably sign to some other big label..."
So as you already have understood this new album that was born in September should hurt all of Planet Mu extremes and be a joy for the
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