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Fairmont Coloured in Memory

  • Words: Tony Ware
  • Label: Border Community
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Perhaps spurred by the 25th anniversary of Blade Runner (and yet another Italo resurgence), there seems to be a hint of string machines in a wave of antigravity electronica. Fairmont’s Jacob Fairley certainly seems to have a thing for ascending synths and other glassy progressions. Canadian Fairley also has a thing for plinks as much as melodic pads, marking these 12 tracks as quasi-minimal, flickering with some uneasy lullaby influence from Boards of Canada. On the standout “I Need Medicine” multi-tracked voices go through pitch-shift palpitations, and arpeggios herald the arrival of churning sub-bass. Fairmont isn’t as granular or spindly as his labelmates, opting instead for slap-back reverberations to prog-infused set pieces.

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