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Album Review

Saru is Los Angeles-based downtempo electronica artist Steve Branson, who has appeared on numerous compilations and makes his solo full-length debut with this very fine program of dreamy beatscapes and off-kilter found sound samples. He's aided and abetted by guitarist/bassist Jim Behrens, who leavens the abstract atmospheres with swatches of actual harmonic content. On tracks like "Something Stronger" and the explicitly dubwise "Suck in Love," Behrens comes on like a tripped-out combination of Michael Brook and Bill Laswell while Branson loops beats and lobs samples around in the background; the relatively spartan textures of "Fishbowl Funk" manage to evoke classic soul and jangle pop at the same time. Like much of the best electronica, this stuff is relatively easy to ignore if you need to get some work done, but also rewards your attention when you make the effort to attend to it.

Customer Reviews

Awesome

This album is trippy, but not in a "Black Moth Super Rainbow" sort of way.
Expect to be on a beautiful journey filled with creative sounds and beats.
The songs generally repeat, and some even dramatically change halfway through (Bamboo Shadow), but this is absolutely not a negative. Indeed, this album is far from obnoxious.

If you're a fan of TOBACCO, Boards of Canada and/or Komodo, I highly recommend this album.

My favourite is "Something Stronger"

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