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Monday, August 27, 2007

SORCERER - White Magic


SORCERER - White Magic (Tirk) Comentários: With White Magic, Bay Area resident Sorcerer (a.k.a. Daniel Judd) has created the definitive Pacifica album—Balearic beats done West Coast American style with sonics as clear and sunny as they are dubby and laid-back. It even opens with the sound of crashing waves and seagulls. “Surfing at Midnight” is Judd’s signature tune: A gorgeous slow bassline burbles under clean spare guitar strums, palm-muted lead guitar and warm analog synth chords. Judd’s secret weapon is his guitar. The aural equivalent of a half-melted ice cube in a glass of white wine, his playing is smooth, understated and hovers on just the right side of classy. Many slow-electronic music producers have started incorporating guitar solos into their work as a misguided stab at DJ Harvey–esque eclectism, only to fall woefully short of their mark. Judd cut his teeth in the pop group Call and Response and knows exactly how to stay in the pocket but still keep things colorful. The muted licks in “Egyptian Sunset” are percussive and melodic like that of a disco Steve Cropper, while “Slow Burning Hands” simultaneously evokes both the Pygmalion-era shoegaze of Slowdive and Chicago’s own Sam Prekop. White Magic grows more enchanting with repeated headphone sessions or as a sushi-eating backdrop. Like the best music from Brian Eno or Radiohead, it stands in the spotlight as easily as it works coolly in the background. It sits comfortably next to Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children, Air’s Moon Safari and Cluster’s Zuckerzeit. File under: Future Classic. in time out chicago [Para Ouvir]

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