Boomkat Product Review:
November is the collaborative moniker of Bernard Trontin (The Young Gods) and Simon Huw Jones (And Also the Trees) and together they manage to strike a middle ground between poetic David Sylvian-influenced vocals and the deep, moody electronics of Biosphere, Coil or Fennesz. Okay so I'm aware that Sylvian himself has done this before, but November don't feel quite so drawn toward the abstract, instead focusing on more floating, gaseous sounds to create textures and ambience destined to lull you into a trance-like state. The vocals (beautifully sung by Huw Jones) bubble and spiral through the electronic backgrounds marvellously, showing an effortless and well-trained touch on the production side, but occasionally I wish the two would take their productions a bit further into the abstract realm, experimenting with the noisier aspects of electronics, as this skates very close to new age at times. Still, despite any shortcomings both musicians clearly know exactly what they're doing, and the record hold together remarkably well, thanks to in many ways to the intelligent writing and confident use of vocals. An interesting record, and worth a closer look.