Shed
The Traveller


3.5
great

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
November 4th, 2010 | 18 replies | 5,399 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grimy yet Satisfying

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Say techno and, Detroit aside, the first word that springs to mind is Berlin. From four on the floor club bangers to creeping minimal, the noises emanating from these dark German suburbs are the sinuous syllables that surge invisibly from burning circuits; an endless and infinite myriad of sounds.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that Shed’s sophomore effort is a patchwork of sorts; a musical melting pot planted squarely on the concrete floor of the Bergheim. It’s a dirty soup of Scuba and Monolake that is a compelling listen, yet never quite becomes the sum of its parts.

Triangulation was to Berlin what Untrue was to London; the perfect soundtrack to murky streets and dark thoughts. Silence was gorgeously indecipherable, like a somnolent volcano glimpsed through a thick canopy of leaves; the burning heart at the centre of long forgotten spaces. The Traveller, on the other hand, remains firmly entrenched in the shadowy recesses of clubs, stepping out only occasionally to take a drag on a slowly burning cigarette and stare with glazed eyes at the cracked obsidian sky. The former effortlessly scaled shadowy heights; Shed brushes them with icy fingertips, agonizingly close to steaming pools and lush aural vegetation.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to be disparaging about a techno album that’s this diverse; it is an excellent example of what can be done with the extensive palette of electronic sounds that oscillate through clubs today. Coiling basslines wrap themselves around pounding kick drums, resonating briefly before fading into slivers of dub that cascade lightly onto a buzzing landscape of dark sine waves. Synths flash out of the gloom like lighthouses on a starless night, leading the shadowy ships of sound to harbour.
Yet there always seems to be something lacking, whether it be a more rewarding conclusion to a track or an idea that could be developed further rather than discarded. There’s potential by the gallon; unfortunately it remains partially unfulfilled.

Shed is not so much standing on the shoulders of giants as tiptoeing around them, brushing against them lightly in the hope of snatching the echoes emanating from their bottomless pockets, and at times he effortlessly succeeds. At others, he needs to brush up on his pick pocketing skills.

Whilst The Traveller is a strong and often pleasing effort, in the end it boils down to little more than a grimy yet strangely satisfying dish straight from the pitch black troughs of Berlin.

Enjoy.



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Adash
November 4th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That said, Atmo Action and 44A are both jokes good

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 4th 2010



3752 Comments


Surprised it's only a 3, I've heard lots of good things about this, though I haven't heard it myself. Was actually listening to Shedding the Past today.

Digging: Pharoahe Monch - PTSD

Adash
November 4th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its waivering between 3 and 3.5

many people have said this is the one of the best electronica albums of the year. Gave it a few very thorough listens and have to disagree. Its good, but often seems like it could be a lot better with a bit more thought put into it



Yotimi
November 4th 2010



6273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shedding the Past was pretty good. I'll have to give this a try sometime.

geng
November 4th 2010



1986 Comments


Lol, play on a Lion King reference in the summary!!!!!!!!!!!111111

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 4th 2010



2792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Bot is so damn cool

Adash
November 11th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shedding the Past is incredible and will get its review asap

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2010



14884 Comments


pretty cool.

Yotimi
January 5th 2012



6273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

forgot how good this was

Adash
January 7th 2012



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some new Shed brewing I hear

Yotimi
June 27th 2012



6273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

slowly becoming one of my favorites of the decade

Adash
June 28th 2012



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know, I'm starting to think my reviewof this album was a bit premature. Hungover, laptop speakers n all. Foolish to say the least.

He dropped a few choice cuts off this last weekend and to say they were superb would be an understatement

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012



30297 Comments


http://www.residentadvisor.net/feed-item.aspx?id=50070

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

Adash
July 25th 2012



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does not disappoint

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2012



30297 Comments


There's a few obvious standouts, but the album makes a pretty strong case for "been there, done that". I'll have a review up for it at some point, though with a August 14th US release date I've got a bit of time

mindleviticus
July 27th 2012



7938 Comments


Can't wait, Dev.

Adash
July 27th 2012



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Means I'll have to bump up the Traveller rating so as to stop Shed falling into total ignominity

mindleviticus
July 28th 2012



7938 Comments


The Bot reminds me of Rod Modell



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