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Boomkat Product Review:
You'll notice that "Flared Up" is a remix collection based not upon Port Royal's most recent album, last year's Afraid To Dance, but rather their debut full-length, Flares. This much-delayed project has been in the works since the summer of '05, so it'd be entirely reasonable to expect something pretty special as the end result. FS Blumm opens the album with what sounds like a brand new composition of his own, doodling eloquently through acoustic drones and tangled free-time harmony, only for post-Chiastic Slide IDM to become the order of the day thanks to Russian electronics heroes Fizzarum who do a fine job of hotwiring 'Jeka'. Predictably, the post-rock contingent sound like they're really in their element here, with Resonant mainstay Stafraenn Hakon weighing in with an icy swirl of guitar texture, sculpted into a melodic maelstrom. Elsewhere Manual quite predictably cranks up his digital effects pedals, soaking his source material in reverb and chorus. After a slew of perfectly respectable work by D_rradio, Judith Juillerat and Dialect, the latter half of the album proves to be especially fruitful, featuring fine turnouts from Rune Grammofon's Skyphone and 12k's Minamo, both of whom know a thing or two about drawing together acoustic and electronic elements into a logical whole. The last word is given to Ulrich Schnauss who forgoes beats altogether, in favour of sheer dream-pop and tuneful, Pop Ambient soundscaping.