Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever

Rare, Forever

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MarkyC
80
A record with rich textural depth, it combines modern techno and house with Vynehall's more abstract, classical style. It's unpredictable with various cathartic and immersive moods that build around the euphoric highlights "Mothra", "Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been" and "An Exhale". The more sombre, orchestral final tracks make for a fitting come-down to the overall transportive and fascinating experience.
Astroskye
80
Leon Vynehall Rare, Forever is a RARE GEM indeed I'm really impressed as how many electronic artistes/producers are making dance/house music experimental. This record feels nostalgic and futuristic at the same time thanky to the Hyperpop genre that may have influenced this album, this songs/beats have Depth & quality a very Celestial tech house Album
Kelden
60
Consists of some interesting ideas, but falls flat after regurgitating common formulas.
avernannes
80
★★★★★★★★☆☆
8/10

This might be the best techno-oriented album I've ever heard.

Leon Vynehall's ability to fuse genres is fantastic, on "Rare, Forever" he combines sounds of so many electronic styles, going even further and enriching them with ambient-like strings passages. Those strings open the record in a super atmospheric "Ecce! Ego!", that quickly takes an interesting turn, becoming this weird, dark, crawling piece, that sounds like pumped-up stuff ... read more
TheCarioca
68
Ecce! Ego! - 4/5
In>Pin - 3/5
Mothra - 3/5
Alichea Vella Amor - 4/5
Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been - 3/5
Worm (& Closer & Closer) - 3/5
An Exhale - 4/5
Dumbo - 4/5
Farewell! Magnus Gabbro - 3/5
All I See Is You, Velvet Brown - 3/5
noisefirst
80
FIRST LISTEN: Like Jamie XX, just not sanded down.
NTTR
55
Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever

Genre: Ambient Techno
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 328th / 398

Highlight: Mothra

Made me think of:
Beatrice Dillon
Mura Masa
Fred Again
70
Vynehall creates an LP of eccentric electronic tracks with some being groovy, dance tunes while some being more experimental songs that still suit the album, but just don't really make you want to dance.

FAV: Ecce! Ego!, Mothra, Dumbo, Farewell! Magnus Gabbro
LEAST FAV: In>Pin
aaron
82
"Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been" broke the spell this record had put me under but "Worm (& Closer & Closer)" re-enchanted and so the loop goes.

"Dumbo" I'd probably hear in the club and people would love it but I'd just return to the bar and get another drink, but here, with the context of an entire album, I get it. Leon plays with various musical languages and combines them. I understand the BOCanada influence of "Ece! Ego!, I've got the Tim Hecker ... read more
LZGray
70
Kinda starts to fall apart towards the end, but this is a very worthy successor to the Burial-esque atmospheric ambient microhouse, and if this were just a bit more consistent, this would have easily been one of the most transportive albums of the year.
TruLad69
80
Really, really good stuff. This album is an absolute journey with loads of variation and almost cinematic peaks and troughs. The ambient moments are really well utilised and the bigger tracks genuinely hit quite hard.

If I was to critique anything it would be that the more low key tracks on here can occasionally drag and feel a little directionless but in all honesty the bangers bang so hard this more than makes up for it.

Fav Track: Dumbo
Least Fav Track: Alichea Vella Amor
7rent
65
'Rare, Forever' has been one of my highly anticipated albums for the year.

And I am highly disappointed, unfortunately.

'Mothra' was an incredibly cerebral and clubby ambient house anthem that is going to be near the top of my 2021 Singles List for sure. However, when going deeper into this full record, I found very few other tracks that demanded my attention and space. Even the production and clipped edits weren't as cool or inviting. The rhythms were there but they just didn't grip me the ... read more
Nateb9086
60
Mid 6/10
This album has a listenable start but has little to offer compared to the rest of the album. The potential of the album is first shown with “Mothra” that is 5 minutes long and has a riff going on throughout. The background effects and the moments of the main riff that changes a little bit stops the song from feeling repetitive. After that we get a weak point with “Alichea Vella Amor” that has no interesting progression and should have been only 1 minute long. ... read more
kalle02
75
This new Vynehall record is pretty cool and while I don't really vibe with all of the songs, there are a lot of great moments and re-playable songs on it as well.

Favourite song: Snakeskin
Memar
NR
I was pretty excited for this, and I was not disappointed. This album is an enjoyable selection of unpolished and unapologetic twisted techno with a great sense of beat and groove. It's brimming with brilliant sounds. I love it's slightly chaotic and glitchy elements. This got a hold of me right from the beginning, I was bobbing along almost non stop. This is one of those albums where a lot of the tracks feel very close to your face -for me at least- (even though some of the synth tones are ... read more
Mohamedmahmoud
72
Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
Ambient Techno / Tech House
April 30, 2021

7/0

Favourite Tracks :
Ecce! Ego!
An Exhale
Asred7dreften
67
decent
Pmarf46
87
There aren't many producers as varied and consistently interesting as Leon Vynehall right now. He has a swagger in everything he does, whether he is creating large soundscapes or oddball club songs. This record wears its influences from contemporary dance music on its sleeve, bringing together different styles in a weird but wonderful project. Mothra is a bizarre club cut that borrows from Joy Overmono's 'Bromley', which doesn't sound like it should work but on repeat listens is an oddly ... read more
cragem
50
Not quite my tempo.
78
Leon Vynehall has delivered us a record filled with dark, psychedelic, and techy sounds that explore many facets of electronica. Influences combine across this record from tech house to nu-jazz to create a concoction that feels fresh, exciting but extremely palatable. This plays to the album’s strengths as it allows everything to feel coherent, but is also possibly its biggest weakness. This album is designed to make you feel uneasy, and to a certain extent it does that with a lot of the ... read more
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