Boomkat Product Review:
A funny thing, collaborations; sometimes the artists work can gel perfectly yet sometimes it can sound like two cds playing in the same room – a cacophonous mismatch of ideas. Unfortunately ‘Transparencies’ only too often falls into the latter category but is thankfully elevated by occasional tracks which fall into the former. Initiated by Will Thomas (aka Plumbline), source recordings were made from Churches and buldings in East Anglia, before the sounds were fleshed out with Roger Eno’s gorgeous piano, organ, accordion and harmonium. When the collaboration comes together well it sounds utterly gorgeous, skip straight to ‘Adaptation’ for a deep and cinematic track which is bound to appeal to fans of Cliff Martinez (Solaris soundtrack) or Deaf Center. However, the problems arise when Thomas’ beats threaten to overwhelm the sensitivity of Eno’s contributions; on ‘Sodium Highlights’ for instance the over reliance on idm formula pushes this track into places it need not go; the beauty here is in the subtlety not the technical prowess. Overall ‘Transparencies’ is a mixed record, but has enough moments of celluloid-draped beauty to keep the most discerning of home listeners happy.