English singer-songwriter and electronic musician
Lapalux (Stuart Howard) crafted the
narcotic synthetic soul ballads of
the EP When You're Gone (2012), notably the
digital psychedelic agony of Gutter Glitter
over swampy intricate post-industrial beats and
the cubistic deconstructed syncopated exotic music-box of Moments.
Nostalchic (Brainfeeder, 2013) indulges in a few "experimental"
(noise-jazz in Kelly Brook, musique concrete in Flower
Dada-industrial in Straight Over My Head),
but its real inclination is even too obvious: trivial, mainstream, dance
music framed by the most tedious stereotypes of r&b singing
Worse: his slow ballads, such as
One Thing (sung by Jenna Andrews) and Without You (a duet with vocalist Kerry Latham), are more narcotic than ethereal.
The experimental side of the album gets out of control in the
chaotic Swallowing Smoke and The Dead Sea, that feel like chaos
for the sake of chaos. Chaos can be very creative but it can also be simply
due to a lack of creativity.
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