To this day, I stand by my claim that Age of Adz was one of the finest albums of 2010.
Whilst the unrelentingly dense, hyperactive electronic compositions and achingly personal lyrics – not to mention 27 minute closer Impossible Soul – put many off, in the context of the record it all made sense. It reflected the mild insanity that its creator had developed during a long term illness, the subsequent need to get out all the ideas he’d pent-up and the schizophrenic imagery of inspiration Royal Robertson.
Earlier, he dropped new track Take Me in appropriately understated fashion. Described as a ‘repetitive lo-fi pop demo’ he found under his desk, it fits with the more understated approach the track takes. The twitchy electronics and burst of static filled percussion from Age of Adz are present, but are far less overwhelming, sitting alongside ambient keys and twinkling piano. The personal lyrics remain, however they are closer to the despondent ‘letter-to-the-listener’ whispers and yelps of ‘Futile Devices’ and the closing movement of ‘Impossible Soul’, than the angry shouts that made up most of Age of Adz.
Whether this is a sign that a new album is to follow is anyone’s guess. The throwaway nature of its release would suggest not, however the flurry of activity that heralded Age of Adz was largely unforeseeable.
Even if not, it’s great to hear an insight in to how his sound continues to evolve.
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(Fuck off, I’m not mentioning his letter)