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Lawrence

Until Then, Goodbye

(Mule Electronic; US: 15 Sep 2009; UK: 31 Aug 2009)

Until Then, Goodbye was put out by Mule Electronic, but the hand-drawn cover art sitting between chicken scratches and brilliance suggests Smallville Records, which specializes in the mercurial minimal techno that Lawrence (a.k.a. Peter Kersten) helped kick-start. The German producer has released material on Smallville and about a zillion other labels, and Until Then, Goodbye comes at a point when Lawrence has a lot of music to his name, though it’s still been hotly anticipated in certain circles. Less moody than simply clouded over, the hour-long album contains little of the creeped-out sorcery at which he’s something of a virtuoso. Instead, the best moments of Until Then, Goodbye are tender, as when the high-pitched pads arrive midway through “Jill” and the luminous synths of “Sleep and Suffer” become turgid with heartache. “A New Day” is one of Lawrence’s most pleasant right turns, a treated piece for solo piano sitting at the crossroads where jazz, electronic, and modern classical meet. That it seems to wink at the defunct and sorely missed Triosk adds to its poignancy. The traditional techno, however—that is to say, most of Until Then, Goodbye—feels only halfway there, jammed in a rut where sharpness and warmth consume each other.

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Mike has been a staff writer at PopMatters since 2009. He began writing music reviews for his college paper in 2005, where he cut his teeth as an arts editor and weekly columnist. He graduated from Vassar in 2008 and is pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. He is currently writing his dissertation on the role of rejection sensitivity in online infidelity, and lives with his incredible girlfriend in a wonderful shoebox apartment in Washington, DC.


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