Sun Glitters - Everything Could Be Fine

by Rich Morris Rating:8 Release Date:2011-04-30

Luxembourg's Victor Ferreira, previously working under the pseudonym Sug(r)cane, has switched to Sun Glitters for this release. The name is entirely apt. Everything Could Be Fine, available on Bandcamp, seems to be an art-project to capture in sound the dazzle of a particularly crepuscular shaft of sunlight, blinding your vision, in slow motion, for eternity. And it succeeds.

This record takes the dreamy synth washes and lackadaisical beats of chillwave, slows them and stretches them in a way reminiscent of the currently hip DJ Screw, and adds the kind of pitch-shifted, unintelligible vocal squiggles The Knife are fond of deploying. So, in case you missed it, this is a very 'now' release. It's also one with little in the way of variety. Opener 'Beside Me' undulates and ripples in a soft, otherworldly way and, eight tunes later, the title track is doing almost the exact same thing. So it's all of a piece, but this also means it's all pretty much gorgeous.

Tracks such as 'Dragonfly in the City', 'Too Much to Lose' and 'Find Your Way (See)' combine Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus into soundscapes which are mysterious, serene, spooky and opulent. Yes, we know it's that most hackneyed of music journo tropes, but Everything Could Be Fine could well be your summer soundtrack. It makes you feel that everything is, well, fine.

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