August 2, 2012
CFCF - 'Exercises EP'
An understated synthpop EP from the Canadian producerMore on Various Artists
8 / 10 There are people in this cruel world who look at a guy with a keyboard and assume they’re about to be exposed to some self-indulgent noodling. In some cases they’re right. But work your way through the ocean of GarageBand bedroom experimentations out there and you’ll find someone like CFCF – a Canadian producer who manages to strike a balance between the sturdy emotiveness of pop and the shimmering beguilement of ambience. ‘Exercises’ is a collection of soundscapes bolstered by fractured piano hooks. ‘Building’ shivers like a piano recital in a snowstorm, while ‘September’ (a reworking of a David Sylvian track) is understated synthpop of the most magical kind.
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