Folie - Eyepennies
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The first time that I heard this release from Folie, I have to admit that I was more than a little underwhelmed. It seemed like more fairly run of the mill electronic music recycling the same sorts of beat structures and cold programming, but I chalk that up as much to my mood at the time (I'd just gotten home from a rather long day at work) and the soundsystem I heard it on (a rather cheap CD/radio I have in the kitchen for listening to while cooking). At any rate, I plopped Eyepennies into my CD player several times more and each time it has grown on me slightly.

While it's still by no means anything mindblowing, Stefan Thor has carved out a pretty nice twelve cut effort of clean electronic music that is somewhere between dancefloor and armchair. It's no wonder that Thor hails from Sweden, as the release finds kinship with the fluid and elegant design radiating out of that country, be it furniture or architecture. "Ellantre" opens the release and finds choppy beats dancing around minimal melodic passages while "Strum" mixes sweeping melodies with a more dub influenced backing as low end wobbles and delayed pings scatter about.

Thor is at his best when he doesn't let things get too harsh, and the playful programming of "Mnogo" and the granular shimmers of "Felcia" are some of the standouts on the entire release. At other times, though, the album does seem to get stuck in a rut in terms of musical ideas as repetitive rhythms and endlessly-looping melodies make me wonder whether my initial reaction wasn't at least partially correct. He's certainly got an ear for textural sounds, and when he lets those loose with his more inventive programming, the results are quite good. At other times, though, the release treads familiar territory. This is one disc where the shorter (the LP version has less tracks than the CD) edit might be the best choice.

rating: 6.510
Aaron Coleman 2005-10-13 20:16:06