Boomkat Product Review:
*The first release from Cotton Goods / The Boats members Craig Tattersal and Andrew Hargreaves new imprint 'Other Ideas* After almost a decade of coaxing pastoral ambience from their machines, The Boats take a radical art/noise techno departure on 'Nomenclature' - the first release on their new label, Other Ideas. We've long known their combined tastes spill well beyond the often stultifying world of ambient pop and neo-classical and into the realms of new wave obscurities, techno-pop and noise, but still, even we couldn't predict how far they were capable of exploring those interests. Finding canny balance between the mannered art-pop of To Rococo Rot, the grubbier experiments of Demdike Stare and Leyland Kirby, or Alberich's darkwave noise, the ten tracks on 'Nomenclature' render Craig 'n Andrew's prurient side asunder with a ruddy blend of industrial rhythm and dub-decayed textures shot thru with fleeting glimpses of their unshakeably melancholic motifs. As hinted in track titles such as 'ElliAndrew ptic Curve', 'Floating Point' and 'Fractals' it's an issue of perspective for them, of seeing/hearing their sound from an altered angle to the norm - it's still them, but quite different. There are now proper 4/4 warehouse experiments, radiophonic techno bangers, murky-as-hell synth-pop instrumentals and psych-dub vortices in place of their wistful former images, and the transformation could hardly feel like more of a joly, which is a good good thing in our books.