Boomkat Product Review:
An enormously enjoyable overview of Erased Tapes' mightily impressive roster, this sampler features contributions from Olafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm and Nico Muhly, to name but a few. Given how much emphasis there is on modern composition on that line-up, the melodious electro barrage led by Rival Consoles on '1985' comes as something of a surprise. Following up is Nils Frahm, one of last year's big discoveries on the neo-classical scene. Frahm's playing is every bit as delicately heartbreaking as his writing and 'Ambre' condenses his craft into a deft three-and-three-quarter minutes. Switching the tone again, Codes In The Clouds break into operatic post-rock mode, sounding like Mono at the height of their quiet-loud powers, while Finn takes the sequence into singer-songwriter chamber-pop territory. Two of the most interesting pieces here come lodged towards the end: Nico Muhly's 'A Hudson Cycle' finds a sympathetic digital counterpoint in Rival Consoles' elaborate, beat-layering remix, while Nils Frahm crops up again, remaking Peter Broderick's 'And It's Alright' as a glitchy, electronic pop song.