Thriftworks
Deviation


3.0
good

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
November 1st, 2013 | 15 replies | 1,758 views


Release Date: 09/04/2013 | Tracklist


Deviation is not an ambitious album. It’s nice and compact, an aural treat in fun-size form, and doesn’t attempt to be anything more that eight spacey, chilly downtempo creations. And, of course, it’s not necessarily a bad thing that Thriftworks rarely leaves his comfort zone here. Staticky and nasally, “The Touch” seems a few tweaks away from passable as a Bonobo B-side, and the cold metallic blanket it wraps around the listener’s ears leaves a gleaming sheen in its wake. It’s an emblem of what makes the album work so well - when he finds something that works, the music ends up relaxed, confident, and wonderfully broken.

“The Touch,” however, is also symptomatic of what’s wrong with Deviation. The quilt of sound it weaves feels as threadbare and tired as it is warm and unsettling. The meandering downtempo of nearly the entire release comes off as old and done to death, and the near-total lack of experimentation and boundary-nudging hurts, especially in a genre which relies so heavily on pushing at the limits of sonic architecture. Particularly apparent are the similar-sounding nasal synths which change very little over the course of the release, a facet which pushes the album even closer to the threshold of cyclical tedium.

It’s particularly damaging to Deviation, then, that it lacks scope. While it’s pleasing to listen to at times, its aimless wanderings within the realm of downtempo are too lackluster and unfocused to succeed. The grating dissonances between certain elements within every song - the narrow bass and bleepy main chords of “Feeding Time,” the glassy percussion, chopped vocal samples, and wobbly synths of “Metal Tho” - hurt its cause even further, as the prevalent sonic candy doesn’t fare well during clashes. Aside from the wonderful hip-hop of “Terminally Chill” and its syncopated, otherworldly bleeps and bloops, Deviation is unfortunately a fully unremarkable release - it’s just too damn safe for its own good.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2013


3449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Short review for a short EP. Streaming here: http://jatlas.bandcamp.com/album/deviation

oltnabrick
November 1st 2013


30785 Comments


cool. i think Hydromany is my favorite Thriftworks but this is good

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2013


10174 Comments


wonderful work man

also, isnt Terminally Chill the name of a Neon Indian song? weird coincidence.

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Calc
November 1st 2013


12181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you brought this to a 3.9!!!

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2013


3449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how sad

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2013


6108 Comments


still haven't heard this

terry d has been wearing off of me a bit

Sleaper
November 1st 2013


3368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

albums ok. yeh thriftworks doesnt hold much replay value for me

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2013


3449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ok

4.0

ok

FourthReich
November 1st 2013


17541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no

oltnabrick
November 1st 2013


30785 Comments


Dam I can't believe it's been almost a year since Hydromancy




FourthReich
November 1st 2013


17541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's been a long december

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013


6448 Comments


His output is just a bit too high to keep me interested. Terry -D was very very good though.

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Keyblade
November 2nd 2013


14813 Comments


This was sweet, but yeah Terry-D was on another level

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chitownflip
November 23rd 2013


173 Comments


Thriftworks' such a boss. Rainmaker and Hydromancy are his best tho

osmark86
April 10th 2014


4030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't say I mind that he's "playing it safe" so long as he crafts delicious beats, and that is something he is very proficient at doing. He has a knack for adding just enough space in his tracks. Personally I really dig the blend of "normal" synthesizers with the occasional wonk. Keeps it familiar and just odd enough to surprise here and there.

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