Crescent

Collected Songs

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Crescent is, in many ways, the culmination of everything that's developed in Bristol's rock underground during the '90s, while most of the focus was on the trip-hop and electronica coming from the area. The group includes brothers Matt Jones (Amp) and Sam Jones (Flying Saucer Attack) -- both of whom are also in Movietone with fellow Flying Saucer Attack member Rachel Brook -- and the work on Collected Songs lives up to all of these pedigrees. The album moves from slow, rhythmic, trance-like compositions to Walls of Sound, drawing equal inspiration from the more experimental end of British psychedelia and Krautrock, using organic instruments and set-ups and adding just enough spoken vocals to imply a human presence. Much of this winds up with the cinematic sound of Movietone, but other moments tend toward effective grooves, punctuated by dynamic organ work. At its best (and when considered alongside the work of Movietone, Flying Saucer Attack, and others), Collected Songs implies that all of the attention placed on Bristol's drum'n'bass and electronic scene was highly misdirected.

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