Boomkat Product Review:
Jake Fairley's Fairmont side-project has been gracing the rosters of labels like Traum, Echocord, and Border Community since 2001 - not long after his parallel career recording under his own name started off (as seen on Dumb-Unit, Sender and Kompakt). This new full-length finds Fairley at his most melodic and approachable, mixing outright dancefloor fodder with more synth-centric, mid-tempo excursions with the odd snippet of vocals dotted about the place. Throughout, the production could hardly be crisper: the opening triptych of 'Fade and Saturate', 'Darling's Waltz' and 'Mobula' are held together by a glossy, pinging framework of beats and sheeny electronic sound designs, but soon after the bulk of the percussion drops away leaving a few clicks, a bit of birdsong and a dollop of Boards-style melodic synthesis on 'Pomegranate'. After the similarly languid 'Sedatives For The Sentimental', 'I Need Medicine' arrives with some vocally led 4/4 electropop, and the tone of the album continues to fluctuate right up to the plug-in doused guitar ballad 'Time's Fool', which might have been at odds with the tone of the rest of the album, were it not for the gloopy processing that colours the track.