Lone
Emerald Fantasy Tracks


4.5
superb

Review

by Kevin K USER (56 Reviews)
February 25th, 2011 | 21 replies | 7,250 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Matt Cutler takes his sound a step further, not only fixing old problems but sharpening his image to a brand new level.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The underground music scene is constantly rotating its myriad upstarts and wannabes, some artists develop to mainstream success, while others collapse entirely. Then there are those who stay "underground" for a while, neither hitting a major label or calling it quits (or declining in quality for that matter). This is the case of Lone, and its really sad to see so much unnoticed musical artistry. Lone is a one-man electronic project consisting of Matthew Cutler, who has been making music under the alias Lone since 2007. His sound is hard to describe, something like very robust, pitchy and psychedelic pseudo-hip hop, and he sticks out like a sore thumb among the underground artists because of his vastly original style. Lone doesn't break new ground, but what Lone does is extremely different and enjoyable. His fourth full-length album sees Cutler define his sound to its richest yet, and Emerald Fantasy Tracks is a thoroughly interesting experience.

This album carries a very sedative, soothing tone across lush, spirited beats and instrumentals. Second track "Aquamarine" illustrates this perfectly as it feels very sultry and relaxed while being one of Emerald Fantasy Tracks's more energetic songs. There's also a tropical air found here similar to Lone's 2008 album Lemurian and it's put to good use. "Moon Beam Harp", "Rissotowe_4" and "Petrcane Beach Track", along with "Aquamarine", all impart relaxing shoreside sensations that wouldn't feel out of place accompanying a Sandals resort commercial. "Petrcane Beach Track" is an especially gentle song that sparkles and glitters away with a feel-good vibe pulsing throughout, and "Rissotowe_4" follows a similar path as Coldplay's "Life In Technicolor", all the while staying unique, to make one of the catchiest tracks on the record. Luckily, the tropical catchiness can be found fluently everywhere else which is what gives Emerald Fantasy Tracks its dreamy allure.

There are no vocals to speak of, but Cutler's instrumentation has taken a step up from last year's Ecstasy & Friends. Emerald Fantasy Tracks was released on Cutler's own record label, Magic Wire. Whereas Ecstasy felt more dry and retrospective, Emerald sounds more abundantly rich and crafty. Album opener "Cloud 909" is the immediate highlight, using snazzy computer sounds and brilliant percussion (segmented into 2 smoothly-shifting parts), and it stands out as a large increment of talent for Cutler. Compared to Lemurian, he has managed to deviate this album from his 2008 release going back to his tropical, beach resort-type sound, yet took notes from Ecstasy and drops some of the hip-hop influence. His songs this time around are more compressed and fleshed-out, more deep and singularly satisfying, as there are less tracks but they are a bit longer, the average song length being a good 5:00. Ultimately, the result is a much more breezy, less fuzzy album that takes a step closer to mainstream music.

Lone has a lot going for him on Emerald, further defining the rock-solid uniqueness he already established 2 albums ago. There's one vice that smudges some of the individuality he's built between each track, and that is some repetitive percussion. Giving this album a full listen, you may notice the clapping Lone uses to metronome his songs together begins to sound similar, in both rhythm and tempo. This doesn't hurt the album too bad, but when "Petrycane Beach Track" cracks open a rhythm similar to the one heard back on "Aquamarine", "Moon Beam Harp", and "Re-Schooling", some of the variety gets tainted. Luckily Emerald Fantasy Tracks has enough going on to cover that up, and it's not immediately noticeably or flamboyant. This album as a whole flows great, packs style and substance within every track, and evokes sentimental daydreaming unlike any other electronic artist could. Emerald Fantasy Tracks is Lone's best to date and one of the more unique underground electronic artists out there, so if you haven't heard this yet, I highly recommend it to someone looking for something special.



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WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Comments and criticism appreciated. Happy how this review turned out, I didn't like my last one too much

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2011



31050 Comments


Nice work

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you Deviant

scissorlocked
February 25th 2011



3509 Comments


good review WashboardSuds, your electronica choices seem quite interesting


Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

Yotimi
February 25th 2011



6457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Production is superb on this album (especially on Ultramarine). Love the dualing percussion. Good review man.

Digging: Millie and Andrea - Drop The Vowels

WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

scissorlocked: if you haven't heard this yet you should try it, especially if you like Boards of Canada or Flying Lotus. its a bit different but its definitely worth a listen

Yotimi: Ultramarine's percussion was excellent, it was totally worth mentioning in the review, I'll have to fix that tomorrow lol

and thanks to both of you for enjoying this review, i appreciate it

Wadlez
October 11th 2013



3868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favorite from lone with ecstasy and friends being a close 2nd. Cloud 909 is great.

WashboardSuds
October 12th 2013



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ecstasy recently climbed to the top for me as my favorite

LordePots
March 22nd 2014



6526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ultramarine is the tits

sportsboy
April 3rd 2014



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cloud 909 is so fuckin good oh my god

Digging: Miami Vice - Palm Haze

MaskAtTheMasquerade
April 3rd 2014



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new album in june GET HYPE

Wadlez
April 3rd 2014



3868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hypehypehypehypeype

sportsboy
April 3rd 2014



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that new single was boss too

LordePots
April 3rd 2014



6526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not gonna get that hype, last one was really samey and underwhelming

MaskAtTheMasquerade
April 3rd 2014



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

last one as in Galaxy Garden?

MaskAtTheMasquerade
April 3rd 2014



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

or like one of his last singles

LordePots
April 3rd 2014



6526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

galaxy garden

MaskAtTheMasquerade
April 3rd 2014



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i can see that. I was kinda expecting mind blowing things with Galaxy Garden but he just sort of delivered a variation
of all his old stuff with a few guests. reagardless, i'm always feenin for more Lone 8]

LordePots
April 3rd 2014



6526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ye i dunno maybe i should give it another track

ultramarine will always be unbeatable tho

WashboardSuds
April 3rd 2014



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed wit Maskerade

GG mostly just feels like an evolution of EFT, whereas all of his previous albums had a different sound to them and stood out individually from the others

Dream Girl/Sky Surfer is amazing tho ~~~



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