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Her Space Holiday
The Past Presents the Future
Worlds Fair Label Group

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

November 14, 2005
You have to think that maybe Her Space Holiday's music would be more popular - and by this, I mean greatly popular - with different vocals. Ah, but the vocals they possess belong to sole member Marc Bianchi - without him, there is no Her Space Holiday. Granted, his unique sound isn't horrible, but listening to Her Space Holiday gives the distinct sense that the project's greatness is hindered slightly by his hushed and whispered, monotonous delivery. In truth, the beautiful music often emotes more than Bianchi voice is capable of.

So taking Bianchi's limited vocal prowess and obvious restraint with a grain of salt, Her Space Holiday still remains an inventive and exceptional project. Few other acts match Bianchi's deft computer-music skill, his ability to splice amazing samples and his gift of melody. The Past Presents the Future strongly matches the high bar he has set with his past few albums.

It's not only the melody but the layers underneath that help his project succeed. A track like "Forever and a Day" excellently combines strings with enough blips and beats to keep your head bobbing. The marriage of symphonic and electronic elements has been a successful trademark of Bianchi's (see "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" and "Ringing in my Ears"); though often only varying from down-tempo to slightly above mid-tempo, don't mistake this for Moby-esque New Age bullshit. For starters, you won't hear anything resembling a whale sound, nor references to being made of stars or other shite of that ilk. Bianchi's lyrics deal, it seems almost exclusively, with relationships with others, regret and occasionally joy. It's personal fare, but his ability to tell a story with his lyrics - as well as his almost detached vocal presence - prevent Her Space Holiday from ever appearing mawkish.

Her Space Holiday has consistently created music that is pleasant to listen to; The Past Presents the Future is no exception. It will prove to be an excellent soundtrack while walking around getting lost or during a Sunday morning space-out. Not only that, but the album is a top notch example of how to incorporate a multitude of elements like beats, strings, loops and organic instruments to create a beautiful cacophony.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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