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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Supernature

Posted on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Supernature
Label: Orac
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Supernature
Sharp, headphone-friendly synth pulses beam in and out of Solenoid's wiry rhythms on Supernature, his fourth long player, but the Portland, Ore., electronic producer unmistakably aims these cuts at the dance floor. Solenoid's preoccupation with getting people to shake their shit doesn't interfere with his need to circulate lively melodies and atmospheric washes through most of Supernature's lustrous tracks. Live-sounding hand drums are pinned against electro claps in 'July's War Butterflies,â?� while bright analog keys echo the '80s synth-pop that Solvent's Jason Amm holds dear. On 'ThighHigh,â?� Solenoid contemplates a rare minimal segment, for once pulling back with a mild arrangement of bleeps, countering Supernature's all-inclusive, fleshed-out theatrics. It doesn't last. In minutes, 'ThighHighâ?� represents the album's artful maxed-out approach in fluid synth shots, more live-sounding beats and layered keyboard crests. Be they floor-focused or acid-washed manifestations, electro grandeur is in abundance on Supernature.

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