Tracing Arcs is a British duo consisting of Fran Kapelle
(vocal/lyrics), and Paul H. Addie (synths/guitar/programming) who
have been active since the 90s and released music on such imprints as
iD.EOLOGY, Mixedmode, Dusted Wax Kingdom, 23 Seconds. It is
interesting that their albums would be accompanied by remix outings
and their excellent Wasteland (2014, 23 Seconds) is not the
exception in the case. Wasteland is a sublime mix of Fran
Kapelle's seductive singing and love theme-ridden incantations and
differing styles ranging from velvety downtempo, slowly flickering nu
jazz and cinematic trip-hop beats to more propulsive big beat and
synth-rock impulses. Let's call it a decent example of art pop.
However, Waste Not, Want Not provides a difference due to
stylistically more stable format. It may musically be less immersive
and more volatile thereby there can be drawn parallels upon the like
of Saint Etienne, another British charming combo. It is more
straightforward due to be more cadence oriented. On the other side,
some modes and paces are slowed down and magnified to provide some
monumental seconds and profound minutes for a music lover's sake.
Sultry rhythms, spaced-out flanges and ennobling progressions as
motives are there inseparably around. In a nutshell, the result of
nine tracks is thoroughly enchanting.