Daedelus - Love To Make Music To
What is frustration? Being stuck indoors at work on a scorching day? Not having had sex for months? An album with a smattering of gems and much wasted potential? In my review of earlier Daedelus LP, Denies The Day's Demise, I noted that "Parts are inspired, and parts are - frankly - a mess. Perhaps this is the risk you take in going out on a limb." And, despite Love To Make Music To allegedly being a homage to early rave culture, not much seems to have changed.
Last year, Daedelus released the promising Fair Weather Friends EP. The title track and My Beau (also from it) are wisely given another outing here. Fair Weather Friends is sassy pop, just perfect for summer and akin to The Go! Team gone 100% electronic. My Beau, now with an additional rap vocal, is sprightly R&B; a smarter man would have released it as an A-side and watched it climb the chart. New track Make It So then is further evidence that Daedelus is capable of something catchy, this time in a Daft Punk-ish filter disco style.
Sadly, much of the rest of Love To Make Music To will make you wonder if he just struck it lucky and stumbled across these by accident, or whether he perhaps thinks himself a bit cool to make an entirely accessible album. In other words, there's a hell of a lot of tuneless farting around.
Hrs:Mins:Secs, for example, verges on the unlistenable and is perhaps the record's nadir due to what sounds like a brmm brmm Crazy Frog guest appearance. Drummery Jam has cartoonish xylophone, rave synths, a voice urging you to "dance" and all manner of other random elements. One suspects there is something clever going on, although you'll be unlikely to stick it on repeat.
To be fair, not all of the "experimental" stuff is so unappealing. I Car(ry) Us (get it?) pairs a hazy vocal about being so high with off-kilter beats, and is actually quite affecting. As is If We Should, which begins and ends messily, but the sweet shoegazing vocal and New Order-y antics in the centre may win you over. I Took two is probably the closest in matching the sound of rave, even including some nostalgic "woo-yeah"'s.
Love To Make Music To occasionally sparkles, but ultimately disappoints. Daedelus either needs to stop trying to be so cool and clever or learn how better to shape his material. Hopefully, in the future lies an album which is a corker rather than a curio.