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Editors’ Notes

With his 2012 sophomore studio album, We Are but Hunks of Wood, London producer Laurent Clerk separates himself from the oversampling heard in his 2006 debut long-player, Mickey Mouse Operation. Now with a bustling quiver of original sounds, “Marzipan Children” opens with mellow sound textures set to sophisticated beat patterns. The addition of neon-flavored R&B synths and bellbottomed wah-wah guitar help set a subtly funky mood. The following “Eminence Grise” switches gears by looping a lilting string section as pitter-patter rhythms slowly work their way in. But the combination of deep bass tones with the strings makes this one a handsome track. “Cartouche” also incorporates strings, this time with the bleeps and blips of analog keyboard noise. The big warm bass here slowly propels the song with a clever contrast wherein Clerk layers a mechanical-sounding collage over a foundation of organic resonance. January Thompson provides the only vocal track, “Wonderland.” Her icy-cool inflections hover over a pulsing, kinetic production with a Portishead cool; it begs for future collaborations.

Customer Reviews

Great Sophomore Album

Considering that Little People's first album "Mickey Mouse Operation" verges on being a masterpiece, this follow-up is impressive. New and interesting textures with the signature chill, down tempo vibes we expect make this very enjoyable. There seem to be even more experimental jazz influences in some of the tracks. The variation is nice throughout, and every song seems solid. That said, there don't seem to be any true standouts, like "Start Shootin'" from the last album. But for my first listen, I think this album is great.

One of the Most Beautiful Albums Ever Composed

I preordered this album several days ago, eagerly awaiting its release, and I must say, this is easily one of the most musically stunning albums ever composed. And I'm using the word composed intentionally. The quality of the production in this album displays a level of musical talent rarely seen in Electronic Music (Although there is clearly live instruments being played). I can safely say that there is not one song on this album that I dislike, in exception for maybe "Wonderland" which feels like it could be on a completely different album. This is definitely an album that you really need to sit down and listen through from start to finish, as it really does seem to have a story line, which makes it have much more personality in a way. So, overall, here's the opportunity to own one of the best electronic albums of all time for only 10 bucks. Just click "Buy Album", and you won't be disappointed. Oh, if you prefer to support Laurent (Little People) more directly, or get the album in Lossless for the same price, just get it from

Laurent does it again

Mickey Mouse project was an incredible album to listen. This album is a little more diverse in sounds, more refined. The electro hip hop is perfect. If you have heard his stuff before you will know what I mean. He also gives away free songs and clips so find his website and join the newsletter. Thank you Laurent you are my most favorite musician.

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