Thursday, May 2, 2019

Tracing Arcs – Waste Not, Want Not – Wasteland Remixes (2016)

  • Electronic music 
  • Remixes 
  • Alternative dance 
  • Breaks 
  • Art pop 
  • Ambient pop 
  • Space pop 
  • Chilltronica 
  • Easy listening

Comment: 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.
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