Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin- Frkwys Vol. 7


Seventh release in the Frkwys series by NYC label RVNG Intl. featuring modern artists and their mentors, in this case Dan Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and David Borden of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. (a band Borden started in the 60's with Bob Moog, yes that Moog). They're joined by accomplished NYC keyboardist, composer, and producer Sam Godin, as well as electronic recording artists Laurel Halo and  James Ferraro. The music has an aura of natural ambience and none of the artists step on the other's toes, leaving plenty of space for the various keyboard ebbs and flows to work into their corners and angles, gently nudging as they glide past and through each other. Laurel Halo even takes a run at Kate Bush style vocals on "Just A Little Pollution", the closest approximation to a structured piece and the only song in the set with vocals. The rest of the album contains subtle improvised mood shifts that are alternately uplifting and doleful. The six tracks on Frkwys 7 were recorded in just two days and subsequently edited down to create this final released version. It was a productive two days for sure.

Buy this record when you wake up in the desert with a drink in your hand.


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