Boomkat Product Review:
Among No Label’’s most persistent and best, Willie Burns blesses Amsterdam’s finest with a mini-LP of entrancing native American rhythms, electro production and ambient pop pieces under his Black Deer moniker.
It’s a relatively straightforward idea, but one that Burns executes with such an individual touch that it sounds like nobody else, subsuming his spirit into the machines in order to divine a new routes and paths for the dancefloor, home listening and rain dance rituals.
As the Nowhere Man depicted as a ghostly silhouette on the jacket, he trips from the title track’s reverb-drenched, ancient drum machines and romantic Lynchian themes to a weightless, mid-air shuffle in Tic Tac Toe and a superb piece of blown out electro-dub-noise in Fertile Flower.
However, he makes a smart turn inwards with the opiated ambient pop of Planet Reese comparable to HTRK or CS + Kreme, following that line into the psychedelic electro-pop of Maya, and like any good trip, comes on strong again with the wavey flight of Foraging In The Mountains. Well, it is that time of the year again…