Boomkat Product Review:
Tin Man tops a vintage year with his long awaited neo-classical/electronica suite 'Vienna Blue'. It's a beautiful consolidation of the Acid House, Electronica and Pop styles he's been honing since the masterful 'Wasteland' EP, now with a vital instrumental enrichment thanks to a string quartet and clarinetist recorded by Patrick Pulsinger. The title neatly sums up the album's exquisite atmosphere, evoking imagery of a mid-winter Viennese concert observed by cashmere-clad cognoscenti, but perhaps without the stuffiness that image might also induce. There's a melancholy to proceedings, but a warm, well-tempered one at that, following the louche pop themes of 'Perfume' to a more refined conclusion. His opiated croon is soothing rather than brooding, while the string and wind arrangements sustain the poised elegance across the album. It expands and contracts between shorter instrumental interludes marrying icy electronic surfaces with tactile skin-on-strings, and delicate set-dance pieces such as the smudged waltzer 'Ice Blue Eyes', the lingering downbeat lope of the title track or the gracefully slow-pumping 'Music On The Radio'. In all, 'Vienna Blue' is a wonderfully tender, carefully realised piece of work, achingly well suited to inclement winter conditions.