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Boomkat Product Review:
A fleshed out re-issue of Tycho's first widely available album 'Sunrise Projector', 'Past is Prologue' comes bundled with groovy new artwork and three exclusive remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones and Planet Mu's Nautilis. As Merck begins to wind down it's been releasing some of the most interesting titles on it's books yet, sadly this isn't one of them and is possibly one of the most unashamed Boards of Canada pastiches I have ever heard. It's not even that the music is unpleasant, it really isn't - but it just makes me want to root out for the real thing. Using synths that sound like they've actually been sampled from the Hi-Scores EP and even resorting to lo-fi vocal samples underneath the dusty drum samples there seems to be no stone left unturned. I know a lot of artists get compared to BoC, they've become the typical genre comparison - you make electronic music and use nice melodies, well you sound like BoC, but that aside, 'Past is Prologue' really DOES sound like our Scottish friends. I guess people will lap this up (it already sold 5000 on the Grammafon label), especially after the disappointment of 'The Campfire Headphase' but I don't know how much more low-slung loops and pretty analogue melodies I can take before I reach total saturation. Even an awesome remix from Nautilis doesn't save this one I'm afraid - bored of Canada? I think so.