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The Lawless

Habit Forming

(Mille Plateaux Organic; US: Import; UK: 11 Nov 2011; Online Release Date: 11 Nov 2011)

Adding “organic” when naming products is how the food industry moves towards something more accessible and symbolically local than its usual steely, unfeeling image.  The Mille Plateaux label is hardly a corporate monolith, but presumably it’s doing the same thing, reaching for some crossover appeal with Mille Plateaux Organic after one decade of icy, brittle, standoffish glitch resulted in another decade of bankruptcy.  The new descriptor refers to the ‘real’ instruments its releases now feature, and Habit Forming by Ross McLean– AKA Brighton’s The Lawless – is its debut.  What press there is describes McLean as reaching for the moody grandeur of the spaghetti Westerns, but although this stuff is undeniably pretty and even occasionally stirring, Morricone it ain’t.  Bonobo it ain’t, either: imagine “Terrapin” as a kitchen-sink palimpsest, with three minutes of ideas stretched out to a somnambulistic forty.

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Benjamin is a fairweather cinephile and closet pop pushover from the affluent swamplands of Princeton, New Jersey. Nestled happily in the moist cocoon of post-graduate work at Northwestern University, he writes on music in his fleeting spare time and should probably be ignored at all costs.


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