Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder [2011]

MUSiC, Album. October 16, 2011 by Jason.

Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder [2011] [Album]
Tri Angle / triangle07cd / Rough Trade 2-Disc Edition / CD
MP3 / 320

Much anticipated album from the elusive Balam Acab for the Tri Angle label. Following last year's extraordinary See Birds EP - a record that has inspired legion imitators but to our knowledge no credible equals - Balam serves up his debut full-length proper on Tri Angle. From opening track 'Welcome' on in, you know you're in good hands: disembodied vocal fragments swirl like ghosts around the chambers of a sunken galleon before a sudden loop of life-affirming strings bursts brightly and alters your perspective. The American artist's brilliance lies in his ability to coax an almost liturgical drama out of loosely speaking R&B tropes, and to locate a timeless pastoral sublime in the glassy surfaces of fragmented contemporary pop: 'Expect' sounds like Virginia Astley gone hip-hop while 'Now Time' could be The Neptunes re-scored for Gavin Bryars and a chamber orchestra. Field recordings and crackle add to the sense of natural beauty, variously recalling The Caretaker, Pole, Broadcast and Boards of Canada, and even the canonical chill-out of Global Communication and The KLF. Sumptuous, psychedelic, richly melodic: Wander/Wonder is a joy to listen to, and confirms Balam Acab as a singular, exacting artist who exists in spite of, not because of, contemporary trends. Highly recommended.

Boomkat - http://boomkat.com/cds/425718-balam-acab-wander-wonder

Tracklist :

01. Welcome (5:12)
02. Apart (3:01)
03. Motion (4:05)
04. Expect (4:48)
05. Now Time (4:09)
06. Oh, Why (4:12)
07. Await (4:46)
08. Fragile Hope (6:31)

Rough Trade 2 Disc version:

Disc 1:
01 Welcome
02 Apart
03 Motion
04 Expect
05 Now Time
06 Oh, Why
07 Await
08 Fragile Hope

Disc 2:
01 Heavy Living Things
02 Long
03 Still
04 Under

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