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Boomkat Product Review:
Chicago's estimable digger, scribe and beat-breaker Dante Carfagna revives his cherished Express Rising alias on this sublime sophomore LP. Despite going under the same eponymous title as his 2003 album for Memphix, we assure this is entirely fresh-off-the-block; eleven tracks of sanguine soul strung out with elements of new age, country, and instrumental hip hop in a gauzy post-rock framework. It's the outcome of a four-year-long recording process where Dante focussed on extracting subtly rich tones from a palette of banjo, steel guitar, Wurlitzer, synths and classic drum machine before applying them to his four track canvas. The results are wonderfully intimate and blessed with a sincerely rare tenderness; everything feels coaxed into place and comfortable within its fragile ecology, from the Bruce Langhorn-like cinematic layers of synth, strummed guitar and low-lying drums in 'Rooms Between Us' to the lonely yet positive sway of simplistic drum machine and poetic synth expression in 'Winter The Heart', whilst beat-nuts will no doubt get theirs in the crushed boompab of 'Leland Sprinkle' and 'Left Right Behind', which sounds like a decayed tape left over from DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing' era. Warmest recommendation to lovers of rustic soul, Tortoise, BoC, Bibio.