Faith In Strangers [2 x 12"] (LP)


Andy Stott

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Amoeba Review

11/21/2014

Though techno/dub producer Andy Stott’s latest release was most certainly made using computers, he’s channeling something otherwordly here. Noirish opener “Time Away” evokes deeds unseen in the middle of the night with its long, foggy tones. Alison Skidmore, Stott’s former piano teacher, lends airy, disembodied vocals for Stott to manipulate and mangle amid squirting synth noise on “Violence,” though some of her seductive intonations give Stott a welcome personality to work with. “Science and Industry” calls to mind Joy Division in its merciless bleakness and clanging beatwork, while “No Surrender” pushes beautiful synth runs into the red, beats bleeding over into one another. Though Stott has the ability to move and sometimes overwhelm you with sound, it’s the silences and sense of space in songs like the title track that make them stay with you, even as “Faith in Strangers” ends up as one of Stott’s most engaging, optimistic compositions. Faith in Strangers isn’t quite as cohesive as his last album, Luxury Problems, but its tracks also feel a lot more like individual songs, rather than parts of one large piece. The source of the creeping menace present in Stott’s music may elude you after finishing Faith in Strangers, but it’s entirely effective in creating a sense of place before unsettling you. Faith in Strangers feels alluringly just out of reach, keeping you delving into its dark passages. Just remember to come up for breath. 



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Time Away
Andy Stott 06:24
2.
Violence
Andy Stott 06:37


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
On Oath
Andy Stott 08:08
2.
Science & Industry
Andy Stott 05:32


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
No Surrender
Andy Stott 04:58
2.
How It Was
Andy Stott 06:09
3.
Damage
Andy Stott 04:35


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Faith In Strangers
Andy Stott 06:29
2.
Missing
Andy Stott 04:55

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