Boomkat Product Review:
Fridge were always one of those bands – almost faultless with the competence with which they carried out their post-rockish strummouts, yet lacking in a feel for originality and experimentation. ‘Hapiness’ is where things have changed. Big time. Basking in a range of musical styles that veer from almost Steve Reichian cutups to Matmos-esque forays that indulge in a wide-ranging assemblage of what sound like household objects building up percussive layers and off-kilter melodic slants, this is a truly wonderful and engaging LP of varied music for varied people. The majestic ‘Drum machines and Glockenspiels’ sounds much fuller than the title suggests, whereby the use of the term ‘organic’ becomes more than just another way of saying ‘live’ but, instead, refers to a collection of noises that sound wholly disperate and real, fusing here to create a track that reeks of indulgence (in the best way) and bewildering beauty. ‘Five four Child Voice’ and ‘Drum Bass Sonics And Edit’ see a return to more familiar Fridge territory – a UK slant on the understated post-rock that Tortoise have become best known for. ‘Long Singing’ finishes things off with a mixture of old and new – modulated electronic drums and soft echoing distortions mingle with the clearest of guitar overlays – almost traditional songwriting emerging with a simple and almost withdrawn vocal. Highly Recommended.