Monday, August 1, 2011

Submotion Orchestra - Finest Hour (2011)

[...] Finest Hour has been cut in magnum opus mode, so there is no real break between tracks, giving the work a seamless quality, even as it drifts between genres. Broody opener Angel Eyes begins with full orchestration before dropping down to drum’n’bass basics; Back Chat starts out sounding like Richard Clayderman attacking Nadia’s Theme, until raspy bass warbles soon remind that we are heading for the dubstep zone. Always has a pick’n’mix feel, and Hymn for Him has down-tempo minimalism; All Yours could be Sade gone acid, while Pop and Lock and Secrets merge skewered jazz and broken d’n’b to fine effect. And even if songs like Suffer Not and Finest Hour seem unnecessarily sentimental, the dub-wise element of each lends a sensation of infiniteness. By the time we reach the closing Perfection, the journey has been a quietly bewildering one, becoming only marginally more familiar on another spin. [...]

Finest Hour Album Preview by Submotion Orchestra

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