Review: mayfairgrin – This Delicate Confusion

Label: Webbed Hand Records
Catalog No: wh151

Behold, the fine line between ambient and industrial. This is such an unfamiliar line to most people that they easily walk right over it, kicking it into the gutter without a realization. Those looking for it know where to find it – lodged in a submarine several miles in the air, where the static remains in the shadows, lurking, ready to emerge at the right time. The static is not alarmed by the industrial beats jostling the background image. It rides the ambient swell over the clouds only to glide back down to Earth with a smile on its face.

mayfairgrin go on a journey of abstruse landscapes and they tell their story through interpretive electronic dances and underwater daydreams. They start off with a sonic odyssey located deep within a computer’s walls which slowly slides into trances and meditative states. After 20 minutes, your guide finally greets you and takes you to a spiritual electro-dance. The urge to close your eyes and fall into the recesses of the mind is hard to fight. This journey seems to get lost in its own maze at times, as its sonic interpretations of a myriad of genres start going around in circles.

Andrew Latham and company have certainly made staying up to watch the sunrise a new pastime. This Delicate Confusion is like being in the back room of a club with the door shut tight and only your sweeping subconscious can find the right sounds to go with the beats that seem to find their way through the walls.

Standout track: Delicate
Rating: 4 stars

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