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Lawrence Until Then, Goodbye

Peter Kersten's output has never been filled with sunshine; in fact, one could argue that his oeuvre is downright melancholy, filled with minor-key melodies and sentimental chord progressions. For his latest full-length under his Lawrence moniker, Kersten continues the trend, delivering an album that is more cloudy Sunday than clubby Saturday. Tracks like "Grey Light" and "The Dream" channel Angelo Badalamenti, and "Todenhausen Blues" recalls European seaside towns awash in drizzle. There are beat-oriented moments, of course, like the hazy synth shuffle of "Jill" and the organic house stylings of "In Your Eyes," but overall, Until Then, Goodbye, is a gorgeous and moody trek through sonic textures that invoke intense emotions; if there was ever a perfect example of 'teardrop house,' Lawrence's latest would be it.

1 comments Until Then, Goodbye

Anton (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/30/2009 - 08:21

Thomas, you might want to have your ears checked. "Until Then, Goodbye" is a somnambulist's stroll through Lawrence's weakest samples and textures with only a nod to house music. Lacking the impetus to make a real statement, Lawrence has constructed something so unmoving I don't think it even qualifies as maudlin. "Intense" is the one thing the album is not.

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