|MH-227 Neotropic - White Rabbits
After a string of successful releases for Ninja Tune's Ntone imprint, Neotropic makes her Mush debut with her finest work to date: White Rabbits. Utilizing collaborative live performances from a number of talented guest musicians on a bed of sparse programming, Neotropic has crafted a release that is a continuation of her migration toward warm, minimal, acoustically grounded compositions. Her blend of environmental audio and rhythms document many moods and transitions. Piano lines and strings drift above fragile drum loops, an unassuming guitar strum slowly develops into a moving body of instruments, and sporadic vocals muse on the difficulty of finding and maintaining love.
|A shimmering, intoxicating record - Metro.Pop /
|Continuing to explore and broaden her scope, the usually kinetic Neotropic (Riz Maslen) eases us into her new album with a pair of uncharacteristically gentle near-pastoral piano driven numbers. Very soothing and pretty. About halfway through the third track, things darken considerably into unsettling washes of hiss. From there it's much more familiar Neotropic yet still quite sedate. The piano remains but it's surrounded by slinking and ominous deep basslines, insectile textures and effected vocals. The sixth track "Feelin' Remote" is a definite highlight - a haunting harmonica leads the richly atmospheric yet uncluttered procession that also includes a relatively straightforward shuffling beat and sleepy low chimes. Ghostly and mesmerizing. - Aquarius