Andy Stott
We Stay Together


4.5
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Review

by samloomis USER (1 Reviews)
March 11th, 2012 | 11 replies | 2,716 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Truly submerging electronic music, that falls into the growing "themed ep" wave as an essential piece of progressive electronica, from somewhere past.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

In a wind tunnel, static warmth brushing your face, keeping you afloat in a beat-less world. Bells ringing, somewhere you've known. A past buried in the future within the back of your mind, slowly waiting for a moment. The anticipation of new life, but a slight feeling of once being dead. And now, you begin to remember…

…how odd it all seemed.

"Posers," a call into the chant that begins looping into existence. This is your first memory, these posers in masks, and they give us the gift of the beat, for the first time. Somehow it feels like a decay of old electronica as the chant in the end does have a certain house vibe. But Andy only allows them to exist in a small deadening moment and fades away again, back into the origins.

"Bad Wires" is my personal favorite, as we suddenly jump into a more established groove and ride the 4/4 gritty thuds into the new land of alternating, distorted memories. Each time you listen, you hear it, the very recognizable thought feeling of having heard this before, but you can't seem to recall it, then you slowly dissolve into a slow-motional dimension.

…and then something begins to come out of the darkness. It's dancing, very slow. Looking up you see a wall with shadows that suddenly assemble into a coney beat that reveals a slow motion voice from a man, chanting in loops, a new language of the rejected ones. Then dropping into another fragment of the dead house synths. "We Stay Together" suggests more to come from the flashbacks with a 'Part One" in the title, but it may be a simple phrase of unity being the first step out into new fate.

The deity that stares at us in the face then proceeds to distort your speakers, no matter what they are. A sludgy wave of sub bass drives into the wooden deep rhythms of the dark drums. "Cherry Eye's" beat guards the most mysterious dance of all, from within we hear angelic voices, humming songs of the high noon day. Dragging the night sky down, slowly behind, organizing into the most hopeful section of this time traveling EP.

And now we must endure the nasty distorted bells of the dark caves for one of his most interesting drops to take full effect. The latter half of the song dies in an uninteresting set of loops and things begin to slow down again. Then it's gone before you know it, and you were only gone for 37 minutes.

What enables me to come back to it is that lingering feeling that the pacing has, and the one image we're given to associate the sound with. Staring us right in the face. And it feels like i've truly been taken somewhere. Truly submerging electronic music, that falls into the growing "themed ep" wave as an essential piece of progressive electronica, from somewhere past.

2xLP


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Adash
March 11th 2012



1356 Comments


Glad to see this.

One image we're given. That aside, nice work

sifFlammable
March 11th 2012



2741 Comments


thank you this ep is the bomb so awesome

bad wires is 5/5

gabethepiratesquid
March 11th 2012



4521 Comments


Love Andy Stott's EPs

and Pos'd.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2012



30863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that falls into the growing "themed ep"


??

Prefer this to Passed Me By

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

liledman
March 11th 2012



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is the bomb

liledman
March 11th 2012



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah dev i got the double cd, was definitely worth it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2012



30863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, extra tracks are worth the cash

samloomis
March 12th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of Passed Me By either, it's just his warm up to this one.

liledman
September 30th 2012



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pre-ordered that new LP. New track is sweet, promises to be an interesting listen.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2012



30863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck yeah, hanging out for it

Phlegm
June 8th 2014



3742 Comments


cherry.Eye_bliss

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