Boomkat Product Review:
Currently being given the double thumbs-up from Ulrich Schnauss, Dextro (aka Glasgow resident Ewan Mackenzie) makes the kind of creamy electronics and swirling soundscapes that attract inevitable comparisons to the likes of Boards of Canada and indeed the Schnauss man himself. Given its shape and form through a series of languid beats, 'Consequence Music' is an album that consummately builds on the work of Mackenzie's previous EP's for the likes of Jumblefunk and Border Community, taking a rimy collection of melodies and frosted soundscapes, then pepping them into life through an eclectic flush of cinematic instrumentation that is both poignant and undeniably uplifting. Opening through the charmingly titled 'Bladder Wrack' (the mind truly boggles...), Dextro introduces a fidgeting set of compacted strings that revel in their claustrophobia until the sun bursts through the clouds in an orgasm of shoegaze guitar, double-back beats and analogue creases. Whilst undoubtedly rich, it's what lurks just out of sight that makes Dextro's work appealing - with the shadowy undercurrent providing a satisfying juxtaposition to the top drawer of lush sonics. Moving on, next track 'Atman' is a more overt discourse on the sonic power of decay - with Mackenzie coaxing a delicate piano melody into the destructive path of all manner of electronic squall; it's like a lamb to the slaughter... But in a good way. From here, 'Destroy The Future Of All Mankind' ropes in the help of fellow Snowblood members David Tobin and Graham Young for nine minutes of swooping synths and post-rock shadows, 'Hearts And Minds' wears its Schnauss allegiance with pride, whilst 'Carotenoid' plunders the vaults of Moroder for inspiration. Closing on the genuinely epic 'Rotifer', Dextro has made the kind of album that a stormy sunset sea would make given some studio time and a few gallons of talent.