Boomkat Product Review:
Tim Arndt's Near The Parenthesis follows up on last year's Of Soft Construction with this fine full-length, populated by atmospheric, drifting melodies, brittle microbeats and a cinematic emotional charge. This latter attribute is especially prominent on 'Departing Gate', whose very title sets the scene of this DSP-swamped piano excursion, all framed by surges of electronic information and what sounds like field recordings and tannoy announcements taken from an airport. There's a danger of schmaltz creeping into all this, and you can't help but think the directness of that title and the location-specific recordings is too direct a message to send out. There's a lot of scene-setting in the track titles in fact, from 'Empty Square' to 'A Brief Walk In The Sea' - Arndt goes out of his way to be evocative and in so doing runs into danger of coming across as explicitly illustrative instead - or worse yet, slightly sappy. A tad less sentimental, the filtered digital debris of 'Guell' is an outright success, and Arndt takes a step into Fennesz territory by referencing Catalonian hotel 'Paral.lel', dipping into muffled yet highly detailed electronic soundscapes, kept in motion by soft and subtle beat motions. All very lovely indeed.