Boomkat Product Review:
Japanese label Flau have lured Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall away from their traditional home on Moteer for a brand new album of unclassifiable electronic and acoustic song fragments. The jokey song titles almost seem like a distraction, as if The Boats are trying to distance themselves from how honestly sentimental and unwaveringly lovely their music is. Of course, titles like 'Get Folk Outta My Face' really doesn't reflect the tone of the music's achingly beautiful content, and certainly by the time you arrive at the chiming glockenspiel tones and shuffling scratchy beats of 'It's Not A Folk, It's A Knife', the punning stretches some way beyond the absurd, and the veil of humour can't obscure the intricately crafted warmth of these compositions. While genre classifications have never applied to The Boats' melodious electronic discharges, there are certain points of Faulty Toned Radio where you can hear the beats bulking up, and making strides towards the dancefloor (albeit a very quiet dancefloor) on 'Cars, Bikes, Boats, Babes', which combines the plaintive, unassuming electronic hum that underpins so much of the duo's work and imposes a folksy 4/4 micro-house template. It's a gorgeously direct piece of music from a band who've previously made their very own language out of low-key, headphone-friendly electronics. That's not the only example of this either: counterbalancing the bitcrushed piano outings like 'This Is For You To Read' you'll encounter playful acid-influenced basslines on 'Hemihorn' and tuneful, uptempo music on 'As For Substance'. In any case, all these pieces remain staunchly within The Boats' distinctive idiom, but their vocabulary just got that little bit broader. Gorgeous music - Highly recommended.