SLIME - Company

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:6 Release Date:2015-08-16

Company by Will Archer’s Slime is a tough nut to crack. Leave your genre expectations at the door for this one. There's some predictable ambience, but there's also some R&B style vocals, and a grab bag of instrumentation that don't comfortably fit into a single style. There are bits and pieces of music and vocals that bring to mind so many other artists, just for a few seconds, it's hard to keep track of them all.

'Thurible' leads things off, a moaning, drifting tune punctuated by some oddly muted instrumentation somewhere between horns and strings. It's followed up by the equally somber 'Striding Edge', a sparse tune of meandering guitar, gentle sax, and light beats with occasional vocals floating around in there too. It reminds me of the old Björk tune 'Anchor Song'. This is a song that could put you to sleep in the best way. Interestingly, Closer 'Down and Tell' does almost the exact same thing, but adds chiming bells and more strings, while traversing a more varied landscape.

'Hot Dog' takes things in a very R&B direction vocals-wise, but backs them with some slightly off-kilter effects and sounds almost exactly like Röyksopp's 'Sparks', while 'In One Year' is extremely jazzy, packed with mellow sax and bass. Some songs, such as 'My Company' and 'At Sea Again', sound like Prefuse 73 on valium, with slightly chopped beats, staccato melodies, and breathy female vocals, but with a fraction of the BPMs.

'Patricia's Stories' with vocals from rapper Jeremiah Jae is a bit of shock, contrasting the vague ambience of most of the album's singing sharply with surprisingly explicit sexual lyrics. The song itself is driven by a creaky piano reminiscent of some of BT's work around the turn of the century or Aphex Twin's quieter pieces.

Company is definitely adventurous, and when its experiments succeed, they're extremely soothing and pleasant. But the misses tend towards monotony or incoherence, and sometimes the genre-blending just feels off. Even within individual songs are moments of brilliance mixed with section that will have you tapping your foot in impatience rather than to the beat. There's only so much languor one can take.

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