Ascoltare - Visceral Vendor
What we have here is an album that dances hedonistically on the fine line between eighties melodic synths and twenty-first century abstract-techno-cerebral meltdown. Ascoltare translates as the Italian word for 'to listen', and yet it's real-life author is twenty-seven year old Dave Henson, formerly of inventive rockers Gwei-Lo and hailed as a leading light in the Cambridge scene’s electronica movement.
Visceral Vendor is a sixteen track album selected to launch new UK label Tripel Records, and the selections are surprisingly accessible at times. You’d be forgiven for assuming that you have accidentally stepped into the backing tapes of the Human League or Kraftwork at times, but then before you know it the trademark Autechre / Boards Of Canada stark and splintered hooks slowly weave their way into the foreground of each track. It’s certainly a schizophrenic record; electronic drones fill the left/right one minute only to be replaced by pianos and strings the next. Still, Ascoltare are a good indication of Tripel’s future output one would hope.