Boy Is Fiction
Genre: electronic, ambient
This sounds more like a movie score than a
standalone record. Australia-based Boy Is Fiction's ambient
electronic style relies heavily on longing piano keys and shifting synth chords. There are similarities to Kettel's Volleyed
Iron release, as well as some Donato Wharton material, but
overall this seems more conventional and less glitchy. I would place
it somewhere close to the Ad Noiseam roster's area of expertise.
To single out individual tracks on this self-titled
album is a useless exercise, as these pieces all seem to come together
to form one evocative whole. Boy Is Fiction's melodic sense is
refined; although there are no vocals on this disc, you
are never left wanting a tune to catch onto. The predominant aspect of
this release is undoubtedly the atmosphere; the rhythms are nothing
new or exciting, and are used mainly to set the energy level.
Even at the drums' most overt moments, on "Glue/Let Me Think" and "Say
Ah," for example, they are used to produce the tracks' climaxes and are
hardly groundbreaking on their own.
Boy Is Fiction has produced a strong
debut here, something that, much like Biosphere's discography,
operates best as bedtime listening. While the more aggressive moments
on this release might counteract the sleep cycle, it is apparent that
a dark, quiet atmosphere is ideal for playing this record.
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Fun Fact: This album
was originally self-released in 2006 before getting reissued by List
[Vitals: 10 tracks,
label, July 2007]