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Our Hearts Beat with Joy (The Curved World Outside)
Benbecula Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004

(Initial exposition and a little reviewer referential tidbit, maybe)

Every reviewer does some tongue-in-cheek work at some point in his reviewing career - whether from boredom or sheer audacity. I think my day of a straightforward breakdown of the review structure has come!

(Short band bio, maybe some name dropping)

From: Glasgow, Scotland
Taken from label blurb: " - has been making music for twelve years, playing in improve bands and amassing a collection of weird and wonderful acoustic instruments…"
Kind of music: Folk/Electronic/Celtic/Experimental/Ambient

With the obvious formal experimentation, use of traditional instruments and fusing of genres on Our Hearts Beat with Joy (The Curved World Outside), it makes perfect sense that Reverbaphon has supported such acts as the eminent Four Tet.

(Dissecting, album as a whole, example tracks)

An unhurried experimentalism prevails throughout much of the disc and that sentiment stands well - Reverbaphon is never too crass or esoterically daunting. Most tracks deal beautifully with a sparse arrangement complemented by intense layering at points. Many show a quiet exuberance, with layered instruments that flourish with a strange grace and subtlety.

Although much of the album flows very nicely, there are some points that really stood out as somewhat lacking. For example, although the vocals provide a nice balance in some of the tracks, the layering feels rather forced into the arrangement at times.

(Album wrap up)

Reverbaphon shows a penchant for composition and a boldness in style and realization that is very easily grasped. If you enjoy this type of music, this album stands as a nice blip within the genre but does not yet see the band's aptitude manifested in the canon of masterpiece electronic works. The album comes off as a rather robust, nonetheless, and some moments with some of the acoustic plucking and layering are excellent. With an initial album as strong as Hearts Beat with Joy (The Curved World Outside) , the strengths exhibited by Reverbaphon will undoubtedly develop and progress with future releases.

(Tongue-in-cheek wrap up)

So now that that's all out of my system I can go back to doing normal reviews - at least until my next urge to diverge into the more recondite territories of the "review process".

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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