Reviewed by James O'Brien (earlash.com)
Julian Fane's new album, Special Forces, opens with a track that suggests either The Joshua Tree or the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Actually, what it indicates is that Radiohead have forever altered what the first track of a pop record is allowed to sound like. Three-plus minutes of tom rolls and snaking keyboards with haunting ambient vocals give ways to organ chords, and that's Fane's "Disaster Location."
A deep-bellied cello creates the
Reviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz (chaindlk.org)
Julian Fane is a young guy but he isn't an inexperienced musician. He could be young but he balanced the apparent lack of experiences, which common people would think a young guy could have, with creativity. SPECIAL FORCES is his first album and it contains so many moods and musical ambiences that you'll be surprised. Julian blends atmospheres a la Robert Wyatt (on "Safety man" and "Freezing in haunted water") with classical moments (see his piano arrangements) and
Reviewed by James Vella (cdreviews.com)
Warning: this is not your typical Planet m album. For those expecting ever-changing glitch beats and deftly woven electronica, for once m does not deliver. This, however, is no bad thing. Where the majority of m artists (here I’m thinking of Venetian Snares, m-ziq, Jega) opt for instrumental, engaging digital blips and squarks (or, in the case of Frog Pocket and edIT, digital blips and squarks nestling cosily into a backdrop of acoustic guitars and barely audible
Reviewed by Paul Regelbrugge (Big Takeover magazine)
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