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Dntel - After Parties 1 EP

by Leonie Mercedes Rating:5 Release Date:2010-12-10

Dntel is the solo project of Jimmy Tamborello, perhaps more known for his indietronica project The Postal Service with Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. His first original work in several years as Dntel, the After Parties EPs are a set of instrumentals seemingly designed to soundtrack a comedown, and as Dntel's first solo works sans collaborators for some time, it sounds as though there's been a gentle knock of confidence.

Clocking in at just under eight minutes, the opener 'After Parties' is a sparse piece of mechanical electro that relaxes into a choral refrain and innocuously floats away. The next track 'Lindsey' ups the pace, a fluttering deep house cut which is pleasant, but ultimately underwhelming. The heavily reverberating 'Soft Alarm' brings our mellow party to a close, an atmospheric piece gently pulsating with a muffled tambourine.

Although Tamborello is a guy who obviously knows what he's doing technically, having made lush enveloping soundscapes on past albums like Life is Full of Possibilities, set against his earlier work, After Parties as a whole feels a little thin, a scrambled collection of the offcuts, if you will. There's nothing here that couldn't have been made 10 years ago.

After Parties 1 is much less soundtracking a comedown than facilitating it. There's not really much to get excited about here.

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