Boomkat Product Review:
Perhaps the most intriguing new signing to Planet Mu in some time, Julian Fane has already had much fanfare surrounding him over the last couple of months - and for good reason. "Special Forces" is the latest in a small but impeccable selection of records that have dared to dip into hugely accessable AND uncompromisingly experimental terrain with one and the same breath. It employs the same hazy distorted instrumentation that can be traced back to My Bloody Valentine and that has typified the likes of Fennesz, Sigur Ros, Dntel and the more ambient stretches of Lexaunculpt over the last few years. There are moments of vast, modified orchestral greatness (Freezing), Harold Budd influenced ambience (The Birthday Boys), Piano-driven late night reflections (In Space) and choral, new wave synth soundtracks (Exit New Year). Julian composes and sings with a beautifully broken fragility that belies the hugely wide scope of his production technique and understanding of new forms and shapes in music. It's a remarkable debut, one that's well worth investigating immediately. Highly Recommended.