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Boomkat Product Review:
Though it may sound like the work of a sizable ensemble cast, this eponymous debut from Years can all be traced back to one man: Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene. The guitarist and producer has made an outstanding instrumental album, mixing together orchestral expanses, electronically embellished recording techniques and some great six-string picking. The press release is keen to make comparisons to the likes of Jim O'Rourke or even Squarepusher, and sure enough Benechetrit could certainly argue the case for being lumped in with such esteemed company; as a musical polymath you can't help but admire the depth and range of this man's talents. The strangely distant string cascades of 'Kids Toy Love Affair' get the album underway, only to quickly subside into the sparse and eerily lovely 'The Fall Of Winter' (which, if you're being exceptionally generous, might be said to convey a sensation of otherworldly weightlessness similar to that induced by the sixth movement of Messaien's Turangalila Symphony). Any notions of tranquility are swiftly dismissed by the taut and muscular post-rock of 'The Major Lift' however, which within four minutes of the album's opening takes you into a sonic realm populated by brass sections, electronic treatments and elaborate, spidery guitar lines. Taking yet another slant, 'Don't Let The Blind Go Deaf' and 'The Assassination Of Dow Jones' both reveal the influence of the aforementioned O'Rourke's Bad Timing LP, stringing together complicated rag-style fingerpicking with a focused sense of melodic direction. Great stuff.