廠牌：Home Assembly Music
‘High Passes’ is the brand new album from Hood co-founder Chris Adams under his Bracken moniker. After previously delivering albums for labels as high profile as Domino, Anticon and Slumberland, Chris has now hooked up with Home Assembly Music for his most far-reaching and ambitious work yet.
‘High Passes’ is a record made for both huddled northern terraced streets and imaginary basement clubs. From the opening Portishead-ish kraut thump of ‘Slow Release’ to the sunny side up, LA inflected, hip-hop lollop of ‘Invest In Aquacar’, to the faded 70’s analogue synth swirl of ‘Branch Hid Sky’ and the sumptuous electronic pop of ‘Ghostly’, ‘High Passes’ is a calling card for Adams’ versatility and his remarkable production and songwriting skills.
We also get haunting, Ballard-esque, dystopian love songs (‘Still Here’) and even smudged, brooding, outsider house (‘Ravenser Odd II’) revealing ‘High Passes’ to be almost a distillation of everything great about electronic music in the last twenty years.
The prevailing influence of his highly acclaimed post rock troupe Hood is still much in evidence throughout, both in Adams’ wistful, treated vocals and in the effortless leap-frogging of genres. ‘Masked Headlands’ in particular recalls Hood’s ’Cold House’ high water mark with skittering beats and late night dub inflections, as does the superb ‘How Is This A Cure?’ where Burial meets Boards of Canada meets King Tubby on a Leeds inner city night bus.
In an age of click and switch phone browsing, ‘High Passes’ is an album to engulf you and take over your life.
Comes in a limited double vinyl pressing in de-luxe spot varnished sleeve, CD or digital.
For fans of: Flying Lotus, Hood, Portishead, Boards of Canada, Bibio, Odd Nosdam, Burial.
A1. Slow Release
A3. November Day
B1. Half Recalled
B2. Branch Hid Sky
B3. Invest In Aquacar
B4. Guiding Hand
C1. Masked Headlands
C2. You’re Unstoppable
C3. How Is This A Cure?
D1. Ravenser Odd II
D2. Still Here
D3. Ten Years