So I am finally listening to the album and here are my thoughts.
It’s much more structured and grooving.
This album has grooves that have me bobbing my head much more than previous albums.
There are some wonderful sounds chosen and everything blends nicely.
The only thing I am slightly disappointed in is the song structure.
Previous albums have had great transitions into different parts making them feel more like a journey. This album feels slightly more cut and paste.
There are some good transitions but they are more sudden and everything feels very structured. Part plays, add segment, remove segment, add different segment, etc etc.
I understand that previous albums have similar structures but they had transitions that felt more fluid.
Personally my all time fav track of Shpongle is Shpongleyes. That particular track grooves as well as having great atmospheres and crazy transitions that tingle my spine. Shpongleyes just feels “Shpongle” to me. When I think of Shpongle that song usually comes to mind first.
Yes there is some great material on the new album and plenty of glitching goodness but it feels a slight bit lacking in said areas.
Either way it’s a great album and I am proud to have it in my Shpongle collection.
Here is to pure insanity and journeys for the next album!