Lone
Lemurian


4.5
superb

Review

by Kevin Kurber USER (54 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2011 | 13 replies | 3,299 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pure, unspoiled elation. Get it.

Ah...the wee hours are quite cozy. At 1am the moon is still crisp and glowing, and at about 5 the sky adorns this shy, vibrant hue between darkness and daylight. Sunrises are always gorgeous, both to look at and to just have there to intensify your mood. Everything is golden, like opening up a brand new Christmas present as a child. In other cases, some people just enjoy the state of being “half-awake”, where traces of dreams feel tangible, and you could just crash at any given time. Everything is glossy and feels more magical than it really is because you’re tired. But you feel great.

This state of intoxication can be fleeting, but it’s made audible with Matthew Cutler’s Lemurian. Lone captures this essence with a very old camera; you can feel the sunrise gleaming through Cutler’s nostalgic tones and sparkling melodies. There’s a film of retrospect everywhere, as is a psychedelic threshold to daydreaming. Daydreaming, or simply fantasizing: euphoric thoughts that emerge from glazing over a beautiful view or enjoying absolute paradise. If you have ever vacationed to a tropical resort, you can feel the record emulating the anticipation that precedes the trip and the reality of the retreat itself. A day at the spa, sunbathing, Jacuzzis, cocktails; it’s basically the theme here.

Cutler makes typical IDM/trip-hop items his own, including bass-heavy beats and electronic melodies. Think of the instrumentation from Nas’ “The World Is Yours” and you get a pretty clear picture of what Lemurian sounds like. From the somber pianos of “Minor Suns” to the retro trailer/commercial vibe of “Green Sea Pageant”, instrumentation and samples are stunning. Beats are the record’s source of energy and percussion as every melody from the album is otherwise very soothing and calm. It demonstrates how Cutler’s work is a double-edged sword when you look at how every song can be either relaxed to or danced to. “Sea Spray” and “Interview at Honolulu” demonstrate this perfectly, while slower tracks like “Lens Flare Lagoon” are a bit more laid-back. The atmosphere passed along each passing song is consistently creative, with each track sounding distinct. As far as electronic music goes, it’s hard not to recommend something this fluid and thoroughly captivating.



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WashboardSuds
June 3rd 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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I just had a surge to write this. comments/criticism are appreciated
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pizzamachine
June 3rd 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review! Checked this out, and it sounds really summery. Cool stuff!

WashboardSuds
June 3rd 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks pizza!
yeah this album is pretty in-season now, thought I'd get the word out. glad you tried it and liked it :]

Bassist540
June 3rd 2011



373 Comments


Dude, Killer review. I'm gonna get this. It sounds very interesting. Sometimes short reviews are better!

Pos

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
June 3rd 2011



862 Comments


just been getting into this guy with his latest ep and eft, this is his best though?

wabbit
June 3rd 2011



6758 Comments


I like Echolocations the most but everything he has done has been well worth hearing.

good review

WashboardSuds
June 3rd 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Bassist: thanks man, if you liked Kona you'll love this

@Minus: this is much mellower than his recent stuff, but yeah along with EFT it's considered his best.

@rabbit: thanks! yeah Echo is pretty good, not one of my favorites but I agree all of his stuff is ace

Yotimi
June 3rd 2011



6277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love Sea Spray and Phthalo Blue (which also has the best sample idea ever)

Yotimi
June 3rd 2011



6277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh and good review man

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011



30320 Comments


Okay, so now that you've reviewed just about everything by Lone and some artists who also sound exactly like Lone you should move onto something else

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WashboardSuds
June 4th 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what are you trying to say Deviant?
:]

wyankeif1337
June 4th 2011



6739 Comments


aren't lemurians the aliens that live under mt shasta?

WashboardSuds
June 4th 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I suppose



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