Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
May 5, 2021
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 sounds feeling ominous in their sweeping nature, but it rarely does anything to push the boundaries and capitalize on that. Instead, we get an extremely solid collection of moody bangers and ambient cuts that aren’t quite as well-formulated as they could have been. This album pulls you in and out of consciousness with the bubbling and claustrophobic Mothra moving into the gentle, but still uneasy, free-jazz-inspired Alichea Vella Amor before the minimalist techno beats of Snakeskin ∞ Has Been pull you straight back into the thick of it. This is a good structure that keeps the album feeling refreshing, but it also leaves it feeling a bit scattershot and directionless, ruining the album’s chances at being a satisfying journey. But continuity issues aside, this album is a wonderful collection of tracks that never drags and has a constantly exciting and unpredictable tracklist that shouldn’t alienate any electronic music fan in the process. And with a balance like that nailed while retaining a consistently solid level of quality makes this one of the best electronic releases I’ve heard so far this year.
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