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Album Review: Mark Beazley - 'Stateless' (Trace)

An album that suffers for its shilly-shallying between the idyllic and the morose

The title for this collection of instrumental meanderings is an apt one. Never extremely loud, uncomfortable or extremely anything really, ‘Stateless’ is underpinned by a placeless unease that’ll turn you into an emotional nomad confused as to which part of the brain to rest this music upon. Tracks such as ‘Four Fourteen’ and ‘Four Fifty One’ are chaotic in the most polite way possible – none of the orchestral horn or string sounds are new, but the way they’re put together befits an album recorded in the Welsh countryside while Beazley was writing the score for a Discovery Channel documentary about space probes. It makes for an interesting listen, albeit one that suffers for its shilly-shallying between the idyllic and the morose.

Kev Kharas

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6 / 10

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