Boomkat Product Review:
12k boss Taylor Deupree's 14th solo release, "Harbor" is another good natured and soft-focus reminder of his dedication to meditative, pastoral minimalism.
Since the early 1990s, Deupree has been a key figure in minimal electronic music, moving through techno and abstract electronics, and settling into a brand of subtle ambient music that he's made his own. Not just a producer, he's also championed minimal music via his 12k imprint, and brings the influence of artists like Seaworthy and Marcus Fischer to "Harbor".
There's a charming air of nonchalance to "Harbor" that levitates above the album's whimsical melancholia. While it's string together by guitar loops, tape fluttered synth pads and chiming Eno-esque notes, Deupree's expert-level production smarts give the record its special character. He's able to turn material that might ordinary sound pedestrian into textural bliss, emphasizing tonal smoothness and subtle harmonics to bring out heartwarming combinations.