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One of the key forces at the most sophisticated, experimental end of laptop music, releasing on Mego and here on the Touch offshoot Or, Farmers Manual haven't added to their discography since they released their landmark RecentLiveArchive DVD-Rom, which contained seven years worth the group's live appearances encoded to MP3 (which played for about two solid days from start to finish).
Explorers_We was originally released back in 2000, and stands as a rare example of Farmers Manual making a proper album. Well, sort of. The music here takes the form of a single, hour-long piece of music indexed into one-minute long tracks. The disc kicks off with some very quiet location recordings that gradually become entangled within an increasingly prevalent abstract electronic soundscape.
What starts out as bafflingly low-key soon becomes rather complex and nigh on impossible to categorize music that seems to continually blurt out a procession of ideas and sound textures. The middle section of the album even takes on some rhythmic properties that encroach upon a kind of scrambled micro-house before a multi-layered tapestry of plunderphonics and digital noise draws the album to a frantic and hugely entertaining close.