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Boomkat Product Review:
It wasn’t long ago that I was reviewing Aloha’s debut album ‘Some Echoes’, yet somehow percussionist/keyboardist Cale Parks (who is a full time member of the band) has found the time to pen a solo album. Not only this but he’s also part of the touring bands of Joan of Arc, Love of Everything, Cex and Georgie James. Does the man not sleep? Well all became clear when I read that he had written the album while travelling using borrowed laptops, venting his ideas as he was on the road. It’s surprising though that given his day job, instead of going down the well trodden avant-pop route of Aloha, experiments with electronica and Eno-esque ambience to great effect. There is a certain playfulness and gentle quality to the recordings that can’t help but win you over, flick to ‘Galaxy8180’ and I challenge you not to be warmed by the lo-fi drum machine beats and Parks’ charming vocal delivery. It certainly sets him apart from many electronica producers, putting him into the world of Freescha and Casino vs. Japan rather than the glitch laden world of Autechre et al. The only downside is occasionally the rather haphazard style and recording methods threaten to break up the flow of the album which seems to jump from recording to recording sometimes jarringly. Occasionally this adds to the album’s childlike beauty but more often than not it feels like a compilation rather than a fully realised album. However with tracks as tear-inducingly lovely as ‘Late Show’, all is forgiven. Recommended.