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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