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London’s FFT prunes his obsessively precise electronica into a debut album bursting with ribboning melody and dynamic detail for Numbers
With a string of 12”s and tapes for Bruk and TTT paving the way, ‘Clear’ arrives as a definitive artistic statement of FFT’s meticulous arrangements and sound design, coiled and kinetic like the contemporary offspring of Plaid, Arpanet and D’Arcangelo or the most effusive ends of ‘90s IDM. His previous single for the Glasgow bastion follows the preparatory 12” ‘Disturb Roqe’ with that EP’s Heinrich Mueller-esque highlight ‘Disturb Roqe 2’ included alongside eight new works that crisply spell out his dextrous grasp of meter, space and melody in their deceptively effortless movements.
Three years in the works, the results of here are engineered to a breathlessly taut finish, with each track a playground for FFT’s devilish rhythmic acrobatics and emotions to express his technicality as soul. Brandishing over-easy melodies everywhere from ‘Clear (Eight-Circuit Mix)’ to soaring post-grime structures of ‘Heal’, he balances that thrust with biting point noise in ‘Heal (Alt Mix)’ and keeps the melodic content skewed into the buckled dembow and avant-pop design of ‘Redeemer’, while marking distance from the original IDM movement into the shearing, chromatic 2-step of ‘3 Sided’, and, at best, brings it all together in the diffractive ballistics of ‘You’ve Changed’, which join the dots between original synth-pop horizons, ‘90s IDM and an elusive future music.