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First things first, I should mention the surmountable hipster quotient of this album. It excites me as an ardent music nerd that they have put their names behind a HIP-HOP record, and this will no doubt intrigue a great many indie aficionados on the search for the next too-cool-for-school yuppie record.
Hell, you get a big green sticker on the front of the digipak if you purchase it. Thankfully, it pleases me to report that my cynicism was entirely unfounded, for what we have on our hands is a suitably impressive debut that drips with effortless cool. The frenetic feel of the track eventually swells into unlistenable cacophony, as a squealing guitar line battles a hyperactive jungle beat for breathing room.
One major complaint that can be raised about the record lies within the lyrical delivery. While closer attention reveals an acute sensitivity to relevant socio-economic issues, the delivery is underwhelming in its uniformity. While technically polished cadence and breath control are on-point, and I can have no gripes about the clinical manner with which the lyrics are delivered- always adapting to the progressive structures and time signatures of the music , the emcee simply lacks the charisma or mic presence to thoroughly engage the listener.
Automato are a hip-hop sextet from New York. Focus introduces their style well, but it is track two, The Single, that is the first real sign of brilliance.
Indeed it is this song that seems odds on to be the next single off the album. Track three, My Casio is structured around a portamento bass-line that threatens to fall through even the most heavily fortified of floors.
By the time debut single Walk Into The Light is over, it is clear that Automato are loaded up to the gills with creative juice, with use of odd time signatures, complex rhythms, diverse instrumentation and originality in form. Their debut album becomes truly exciting to listen to at the realisation of such expertise. That their songs are in no hurry to finish is testament to this — Automato operate on a waste not, want not policy, squeezing every last drop of creativity from their never boring songs.
It is precisely this that makes Automato sometimes hard to listen to, and this album is certainly not for the musically closed-minded.
Walk On Water, Optic View - S.E.M;I - Electric Cell (CDr, Album), War With No Pain - Various - The Birth Of A Tragedy (Vinyl, LP), Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu, Paloma - John Gary - Spanish Moonlight (Vinyl, LP, Album), Konzert G-Dur Für 4 Violonen, Du Kannst Zaubern - Roger Whittaker - Ultimative Hits - Best Of Roger Whittaker (CD), The Tell-Tale Heart - The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (Vinyl, LP, Album), Farewell To Granada - Dmitri Shostakovich - Shostakovich Edition (Box Set), Y Galw - Richie Thomas (3) - Richie Thomas Yn Canu (Vinyl), Целый мир - Анатолий Днепров - Прямой ответ (CD, Album), Deep Inside - Mary J. Blige - Digital Collection (CDr), Satisfied Mind Til The Lights Go Out - Various - Stateside Volume 1 (CD)