Boomkat Product Review:
Expertly engineered synthscapes and tweaky rhythmic electronics from Scottish-Irish four-piece Island People. One for fans of early Helios, Kangding Ray, Arve Henriksen or Roly Porter.
Made up of musicians Conor Dalton, David Donaldson, Graeme Reedie and Ian Maclennan, Island People make cinematic electro-acoustic soundscapes that could have fallen from an award winning documentary series or indie movie. It shouldn't be surprising that Dalton is a mastering engineer and Donaldson a Grammy-winning producer, the sounds on "II" feel too expertly sculpted to be accidental.
They combine instrumental prettiness with tight electronic elements and billowing synths with subtle fluidity, skating through textured flourishes and simple rhythms with almost Scandinavian restraint. 'Far From Shore' is almost Smalltown Supersound-esque somehow, with a creeping disco flavor juxtaposing the billowing pads, while 'Ten Green Bottles' is more like ambient post-rock.
It's music for AI-generated sunrises - there's no edge, but you know, you wouldn't wanna cut yerself.