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Heavy Maple

(Melodic; US: 21 Jul 2009; UK: 20 Jul 2009)

After looking at a photo of Brighton-based Frenchman Adrien Rodes, a.k.a. rec.tangle, with his shaved head, full sleeve of tattoos, and white wife-beater, one would not expect this man to be one of the U.K.’s most promising figures in postmodern instrumental music. While he might look like an extra in a Dizzee Rascal video, Rodes, in fact, is a talented and imaginative sound composer whose impressive debut, Heavy Maple, is an electro-acoustic kaleidoscope of analog synthesizers, nylon guitar strums, haunting vocals, and electric piano rolls, used to create a style Rodes himself describes as the “soundtrack to a late-night documentary on sea turtles.” By providing a living bridge linking the disparate styles of Moon Safari-era Air and vintage Cinematic Orchestra, rec.tangle achieves this nature-film serenity, delivering an album that floats along calmly in an ocean of mellow vibes.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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