Boomkat Product Review:
‘Dolos’ is the hyper shiny debut album by Murlo, a UK garage/bassline/grime obsessive beloved for his lucent melodic arrangements and animated rhythms
The physical variant comprises of a graphic novel and corresponding 15-track album (downloaders will have to make do with the tracks only), ‘Dolos’ ties together Chris Pell a.k.a. Murlo’s audio and visual practice into a compelling sort of gesamtkunstwerk where each chapter of the novel relates to a track on the album.
Murlo’s music has always had a sort of playful, even naive charm to his melodies and lean grooves, and, whilst explicitly digital and synthetic in tone and feel, the canniness of his productions lies in their filigree tactility, and the way he extracts an almost natural, fluid sense of movement and instrumental virtuosity from virtual plugins.
At 15 tracks wide and 51 minutes long, ‘Dolos’ is practically feature length, allowing all the time he needs to weave an emotive narrative between the giddy anime themes of ‘Evaporate’, thru the intricate choral pointillism of ‘Breeze’, and evocative titles and music such as ‘Watching The Sun Through Eyelids’, to proper dancefloor drama in ‘End Of The Road’, and the long closing sequence of ‘Furies Call’ into the 4th world reggaeton of ‘Goodbyes’, and the winky plushness of ‘Peace;.