Leon Vynehall
Music For The Uninvited


4.5
superb

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (34 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 03/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Leon Vynehall invites you to come along on a journey through his debut album, and it's one hell of a ride.

There’s something to be said about a man like Leon Vynehall, who literally titles his album Music for the Uninvited. You could interpret this as some sort of metaphor, wherein Vynehall is inviting all those who weren’t invited for some rave party with a popular house DJ to come to his side, and experience his interesting, unique take on the genre. Or maybe it’s just a tongue-in-cheek phrase thrown in for a snicker or two. The origami structure on the album cover of Music for the Uninvited is just as susceptible to a symbolic analysis. Maybe it represents the constructive effort and outlook that Vyenhall strives towards when making his music. Regardless of these more philosophical views, one thing is evident about Leon Vynehall: He’s a devoted worker, having created four extended plays in just the past two years. And now, with his debut album, Vynehall has triumphantly risen above and established a niche for being one of the better underground house producers of the past few years.

House is known for having a fairly clear style of production, as compared to, say, ambient or garage music. There are exceptions, but as generally speaking, house is one of the “cleaner” genres of electronic music. Vynehall nails this aspect of his sound with leaps and bounds, managing to nest himself comfortably within a realm of clarity without diving straight into overproduction. Instrumentally speaking, there’s a large assortment of sounds and rhythms that Vynehall projects, from the groovy bassline and chiming of synthesizers on “Be Brave, Clench Fists” to the click-clacking of the drums on “Christ Air” and “Goodthing”. However, one of the strangest aspects of the music is the fact that at the end of almost every track, Vynehall throws in something of an “outro”. These “outros” have little to no actual correlation with the songs, and serve more to lead into the following tracks. This may seem bothersome and out-of-place to some, understandably so. It’s definitely a risk for Vynehall to just randomly thrown in an outro for each song and hope it’ll help the overall flow of the album improve, but it manages to pay off. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean this is some sort of gigantic, Dark Side of the Moon-esque album where you have to go through the whole album in one sitting for it to really feel complete. Most of the tracks are less than seven minutes long, with one exception in the form of “It’s Just (House of Dupree)”, and the individual tracks do manage to hold their own, even if the outros may feel a little disruptive without powering through the entire album. Speaking of “It’s Just (House of Dupree)”, even if it does end up clocking in at almost nine minutes in length, it’s probably the highlight of the album, with a steady bassline, ethereal synths, a bouncy rhythm, and excellent vocal sampling. Perhaps the highest chord the album strikes is that there’s never any drag. No song outstays its welcome, no drum beat deviates into monotony, no structure feels disjointed. And truth be told, that’s one of the best things that can be said about music based in repetition and gradual buildup.

When it all comes down to it, Music for the Uninvited is, without a doubt, one of the better house albums of the year. Hell, it could even be said that it’s one of the better electronic releases of the year if you’re feeling particularly optimistic. Because with his debut, Leon Vynehall has mixed together a nice melting pot from the best parts of house music, and combined it with a secret ingredient of his own to create one hell of a good time.



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ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.spin.com/articles/leon-vynehall-music-for-the-uninvited-3024/

So, this was okay. As always, comments and criticism are welcome.

Digging: Winterfylleth - The Divination Of Antiquity

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2014


6285 Comments


Cool review man, pos'd. Beginning to get into electronic music as you know, so I'll be putting this high on my hit list.

Digging: maudlin of the Well - Leaving Your Body Map

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2014


7133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome man, this really needed a review. Thought about doing it myself a few times but never got around to it. House of Dupree is easily one of the best tracks of the year, it's just so joyous and powerful, and impossible not to dance to.

ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Judio Thanks, but I will never forgive you for your Burial hatred. YOU BASTARD! But yeah, check this shiz out.

@TMobotron Thanks, dude! Yeah, I figured you'd like it if someone reviewed this, haha. And yes, House of Dupree is fucking amazing.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2014


6285 Comments


I may dislike Burial, but on the other hand I love Todd Terje...so are we sort of even?

ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eh, Terje rules, so we're even........ For now.

Itchybutts
September 22nd 2014


113 Comments


Mad props for reviewing this bruh, rules hard agreed

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PappyMason
September 22nd 2014


1050 Comments


Great review dude.

Yeh, I really digged this - it's one of my favourite 'electronic' releases this year. A breath of fresh air too.

I liked your conclusion - I do hear shades of Floating Points, Metro Area and Faltydl in his sound. 'Inside The Deku Tree' is a beauty.

Digging: Yagya - Rigning

Let
September 22nd 2014


379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review. This is def one of the better electronic releases of this year. No mention of "Inside the Deku Tree" makes me sad though. Such a great little song

Digging: Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Pappy Yeah, this is probably my favorite house album this year. Appreciate the kind words, man.

@Let Thanks. Damn, I forgot to include that one. It rules, though.

@itchy thx bruh

CaptainDooRight
September 22nd 2014


29963 Comments


Sweet review. Pos'd

Digging: Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme

ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Cap. You should check this.

djunior
September 22nd 2014


807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

posposd

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ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thankyouthankyou

ScuroFantasma
September 22nd 2014


2257 Comments


Great rev Explo, flows really well.

Digging: Opeth - Deliverance

ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gracias, amigo. You might like this one.

Phlegm
September 22nd 2014


5169 Comments


wicked!!!!! i've been loving his EP from this year so i totally gotta give this a listen

Digging: Dirty Beaches - Stateless

ExplosiveOranges
September 22nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hope you dig, fleggum.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2014


7133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

TBH I would be amazed if anyone didn't at least like It's Just (House of Dupree).

Phlegm
October 2nd 2014


5169 Comments


can't get over that fuckin butterfly ep, this is still getting scoped for now



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