Boomkat Product Review:
Who knew Paul Weller had an “interest in experimental tape music and early electronics”? We’re a shocked as we imagine you are
First things first - it’s not shit. Secondly, it’s actually quite good and perhaps may even undo what you previously thought about the mod don dadda. None of the pieces outstay their welcome, all working within short, even pop-wise, timeframes that acknowledge the labour intensive method of working with tape and early electronics (that is, if he did it properly old skool style), with results that smartly betray his background in soul and jazz.
‘In Another Room’ sets a bucolic, nostalgic vibe weft from loops and samples of church bells, Buddhist chants and muffled keys, and the strikingly melancholy strings, keys and subaquatic recordings of ’Submerge’ point to a more cinematic, French aesthetic. The vacillation of chopper blades, pastoral ephemera and harsh shards of noise in ‘Embarkation’ then evokes imagery of being dropped behind enemy lines, before ‘Rejoice’ pull it back into something like a merry knees up with jaunty piano and harmonica in a sort of soulful dream sequence.