Thursday, September 9, 2004

Review - Loops From the Bergerie

Artist: Swayzak

Posted on Thu, Sep 9, 2004 at 4:00 AM

Swayzak is a London duo with a penchant for melding computerized samples into a rich and subtle sound. Having already released a handful of well-received albums, Swayzak's style is vastly improved on Loops From the Bergerie, an album dense with textures that combine to make for a pleasant and engaging listen. The album starts off as deep house, and interwoven into the first few tracks are new-wavish grooves, soft vocals (think a mellow, calm David Bowie) and electro-jazz. As the house sound recesses midway through the disc, the tone shifts into a funkier mode; some parts are mellow, while others (such as "8080") carry the time-lapse motion of pulsating city nights and people passing on crowded streets. By the album's end, Bergerie's heart is in groove and bass. The thread lacing the whole album together, however, is the duo's deft use of multiple textures in a way that's nearly symphonic in quality.

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