The Long Lost The Long Lost
- Words: August Howard
- Label: Ninja Tune
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
Well, this is certainly unexpected. The Long Lost is a collaboration between Alfred Darlington (better known as experimental beatmaker Daedelus) and his wife Laura. The project has little or nothing to do electronic noodling or forward-thinking hip-hop—the Darlingtons make light and airy orchestral pop that owes a greater debt to Caetano Veloso than Coldcut. Daedelus really takes a back seat here, ceding center stage to Laura’s delicately cooing vocals and instead focusing on the album’s surprisingly organic compositions—acoustic guitar, percussion that barely rises above a whisper, and wafting flute melodies abound. While The Long Lost may not be a groundbreaking effort, it’s unquestionably a pleasant listen. Apparently, Daedelus can genre-hop just as nimbly as he can juggle beats.
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