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Textual / Hindsight Sunglasses
Album:Hindsight Sunglasses Collection:General
Artist:Textual Added:02/2005
Label:Stiff Slack Records 

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Add Date:2005-02-20 Pull Date:2005-04-24 Charts:RPM/Electronica, Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
Captain Dee
Reviewed 2005-02-17 
Textual is the electronica side project of David LeBleu, one of the guys in excellent post-rock band Mercury Program. This is a Japan-only release.

Gorgeous glitch-hop beats with shimmering melodies and delicate “post-rock” sensibilities. Imagine Prefuse 73, Album Leaf, and Arovane fusing their musical DNA in the digital depths of Tokyo (much of the album has a “Japanese” aesthetic I can’t quite explain). Insanely infectious stuff. Definitely one of the stronger, more surprising electronica releases of 2004. Lovely!

Highly recommended, for both electronica and post-rock fans alike. Don’t sleep!!

Favorite tracks: 3, 5, 8

- Captain Dee, Feb. 2005

*1. Lovely ambience with cool stuttering clicks and rhythmic melody. Strong “Eastern” aesthetic. (2:30)
*2. Echoing, disarrayed piano riff in the back, scampering electronics, lazy day melody, tight rolling beat. Ends in ambient strings loop. Music for carefree Saturdays? (3:36)
**3. Soothing piano, then soaring & shimmering chime melody, underlying ambience, and dope head-nodding beat. Lovely! (4:30)
4. Messy sequence of tweaked electronic notes. No beat. (1:27)
**5. Warped “rewind motion” melody. Really fucking cool! (2:26)
*6. Clicking, wind chimes, warm electronic pulses, crystalline beauty, deliberate pace. Full beat is added later. I love the melody that develops at the end. (8:37)
*7. Fast smushed beat, ethereal melody and ambience. (2:11)
***8. Dirty, hard-hitting hip-hop beat, sparkling layers of chimes and bass. Muddled field recordings at beginning and end. Imagine that you’re in a cyberpunk novel and you just arrived in Neo-Tokyo. TIGHT!! (3:40)
9. More subdued, slightly melancholic (or nostalgic?) vibe. Slow beat. (5:24)
*10. Silly background, addictive glitch-hop beat, cheerful melodies, sunny ambience. (2:32)
*11. Short interlude. Interesting “half-beat,” cute melody. (1:02)
12. Mechanical beat evolves over quiet, sustained chord. (3:17)
13. Post-rock song gone a little haywire. Dreamy guitars, quiet ambience. (5:13)
14. Uptempo glitchy beats with happy music box-ish melody. (1:56)
15. Filtered, cut-up piano chords. Bizarre. No beat. (2:01)
*16. Celebratory melody, solid beat, beeps, deep bass. String quartet riff and nature samples fade in at end. (3:35)
17. Extremely deep, amorphous, frozen ambience. (5:05)

Track Listing
1.Before the Lights Go Out 9.With a Twist of Love
2.Cracked Halls Methol In... 10.Gone As Quick As It Came
3.Dirty South Still Life 11.Hindsight Bifocals
4.Mokave at Night 12.After the Lights Go Out
5.Capsule Interlude 13.In the Bending Light
6.Hachioji Capsule Hotel 14.Kaleidoscope Canon
7.M.Y.'s Tavern 15.Cardinal and a Bluejay
8.Welcome to Narita 16.Runnin Laps Around Your Life
 17.Tablet Postlude