Being an avid listener of anything Brainfeeder lays their hands on I already expected this LP to bang, and with Lapalux’s previous releases and his obvious insane attention to detail I pretty much deduced it to be a masterpiece before I even listened to it. I couldn’t have been more correct. Unfortunately it took me quite some time to jump on the hype. In all honesty what ultimately caught my attention were two remixes he put out. The first being his rendition of Musiq Soulchild’s ‘So Beautiful’, and the second and most prominent is his remix of Lianne La Havas’s ‘Lost And Found’. Both tracks convey what has yet to come from an up and coming artist with quite the unique talent to create soulful, experimental, and texture driven tunes that mesh together with spectacular cadence. Even then I didn’t expect what brilliance Nostalchic offers.
What I love most about the LP and just his style in general are the minute rhythmical additions he almost always includes. Things that a bad ear would fail to follow are always what drive my love for experimental selections. Tracks like ‘Walking Words’ amount to perfection in my eyes because of their simplistic yet complex appearance. There is a difference between throwing atmosphere in a song for kicks and actually having the talent to accurately create one that perfectly follows your track tic for tac. The sweet simplicity of it comes into play through it’s easy to grasp cadence and steady flow, while the complexity is introduced through small but gratifying rhythmical stepping stones that whisper to you whats above its horizon, showing you this song is more than meets the common ear.
His vocal manipulation also stands out, perfect in its execution, to sound synthetically natural so to speak. However in my opinion ‘Dance’ demonstrates the best vocal processing on the album. Unlike ‘Walking Words’ they provide the atmosphere for the bulk of the sonic spectrum, while remaining wonderfully balanced. At the same time he stays true to the key reason I adore the album. On a different note having almost nothing to do with musical content, I really enjoy his choice of samples and arrangement choices. Some tremendously yummy sounds and pre-advancement sections take place here and there (my favorite being the first 55 seconds of the ‘Dead Sea’). In all it’s a masterful piece of work that is well worth 3 times what I paid for it. Check out ‘Walking Words’ below…