No Arrival ‘Converse’ (Bricolage)

With four releases in 2020 (including the wonderfully titled ‘Male Slag Shag’), Glasgow’s No Arrival arrives  in 2021 on a high with ‘Converse’,  a genre-melt of an album. Stalking subtlety runs through the rhythms on this strange brew of field recordings, skewed synths and found sounds blending to craft dark, downbeat IDM. Opener ‘In Soul’ sets the tone aping Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s jittery ‘Utopia’ score and Autechre’s machine intelligence to intoxicating effect.

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