Andy Stott
Too Many Voices


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chortles USER (18 Reviews)
June 16th, 2016 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist


When put alongside the rest of Andy Stott’s catalogue, Too Many Voices is hard to place a finger on. It is unmistakably Stott’s doing, as you can often infer direct lines of influence to his previous work, but at times it can feel like an entirely different ordeal altogether. In a way much like 2014’s Faith In Strangers did, Too Many Voices sees Stott taking a step out in a different direction while grounding himself by continuing to cultivate various themes and sounds that have made his music unique throughout his career.

Stott often does this by complementing his signature style of gritty techno with an unusual pop sensibility, one virtually untapped by him at this point. Thankfully, Stott manages to foster this union without sacrificing the keen sense of space and rhythm that he is known for, which makes for what is perhaps the most striking feature of Too Many Voices. This is particularly noticeable in areas of stark contrast, such as that of the mechanical percussion and bright instrumentation in songs like “On My Mind” and “New Romantic,” the latter of which being what is possibly the most convincing embodiment of Stott’s evolution. The disparity between its stomping bass and the glimmering synths is perfectly adorned by Alison Skidmore’s ethereal vocals, making for an incredibly trance inducing piece that hearkens back to the best of his previous work without imitating it. Stott quite skillfully pulls this effect off in much of the album, as songs like “First Night Alone” and “Over” show patient restraint and a desolate aura akin to his pair of 2011 EPs, but they never seem lazy or derivative. The title track closes out the album and leaves us with something completely fresh, with Skidmore’s excellent performance (supplemented by a chirpy choir a la Oneohtrix Point Never) making it what might be the closest thing to a pop song that Stott has ever written. Perhaps it, and the record as a whole, is an indication of the future for Andy Stott – and if it is, it is one worth looking out for.



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Chortles
June 16th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

couldn't believe this didn't have a review yet so i wrote a wee one



where's the stott love at smh

hal1ax
June 16th 2016


13824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this record.

pos my dude

Kman418
June 16th 2016


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just listened to we stay together and it might be his best tbh

Kman418
June 16th 2016


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also this is great but i think its my least fav from him so far

hal1ax
June 16th 2016


13824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm, i like this more than faith in strangers, and less than luxury problems. i haven't listened to merciless yet

Chortles
June 16th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

merciless is very good, more standard techno than the rest of his stuff but worth it

Chortles
June 16th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also we stay together has my favorite album art by him 8)

Cygnatti
June 16th 2016


32816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this shit is downright delicate sometimes

like what is this even ?

Kman418
June 16th 2016


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

faith in strangers is the best album art imo

Chortles
June 16th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they're all gold tbh he can't even do bad album art

Cygnatti
June 16th 2016


32816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

faith in strangers' album title moves me in a way most album titles never do.

Avagantamos
June 16th 2016


6540 Comments


passed me by artwork is my fave. need to get around to checking out more of this guy's stuff

Kman418
June 17th 2016


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ur fuckin up by not bumping more stott dude this guys one of the best around right now

Chortles
June 17th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes plz do avant. across all his stuff he's made the best music I've heard this decade imo which is pretty hyperbolic but true for me

Chortles
August 9th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

on my mind is so so good. wish more ppl got on with this alb

Sinternet
August 9th 2016


19657 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh wow didnt see this had a review



great album, im loving this whole uk bass scene right now

jtswope
August 11th 2016


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is great. Prefer it slightly to Faith in Strangers.

Chortles
August 11th 2016


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

word

seeing this man at a festival late this month and it's a dream come true tbh

Sinternet
August 11th 2016


19657 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ahh nice have a good time man need to see him some time too

p4p
August 11th 2016


1959 Comments


not feelin this one chort but good review man



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