Boomkat Product Review:
The master of European deep house introspection does his thing with typically suave, understated, and subtly experimental results nudging on ambient, post rock, pop and classical music for his Dial label.
Rooted as ever in Chicago, Detroit and NYC house templates, ‘The Absence of Blight’ also carefully incorporates Lawrence’s roving tastes for classy pop and minimalist modern classical in a way that he can safely call his own.
The deep blue ambient chord sequence and effortless glyde of ‘Fifteen Minutes With You’ sets a mood that carries thru the album, from the sweetly distoted glow of ’Shelter’ recalling Thom Yorke’s solo work, to simply tear-jerking melodic thoughts in ‘Untitled’, and a nod to Satie wrapped up in ‘Lost Friday’, along with the skin-prickling bleep house kiss of ‘Neighbourhood’ and its brooding, Detroit-styled echo ‘Winter Gren’.
While the last, string heavy cut slightly over eggs it for us, the whole album reminds us of the low key pleasure of nights dancing to this kind of stuff, which strangely feels like a distant memory as this kind of sound has maybe slipped out of favour. But when it hits, you still know.