Boomkat Product Review:
Last seen on the Anticipate label, Nicola Ratti makes his way over to Australian imprint Preservation, taking his multi-instrumental abstract song sculpting with him. Ode carefully pieces together guitar, piano, upright bass and percussion using electronics as a digital adhesive - you can even hear Ratti singing in his own uniquely vague and amorphous fashion on tracks like '... And Fireworks', but he's no conventional songwriter, and structurely Ratti's music is characterised by a jazz-inspired approach to freedom and an esoteric, electroacoustic position on arrangement. Possibly the finest and most extreme example of this comes on 'Tropical Malady', the album's closing track, which seems to take the bulk of its sound sources from a game of indoor tennis, or some other noisy ball game involving the squeaking of shoes on polished floors and the woody thwack of a ball where a snare drum would ordinarily reside. There's a flurry of acoustic guitars and electronic melodicising at work here too however, and the track comes across as a strangely enchanting piece of music despite its apparent leisure centre origins.