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DEXTRO
Consequence Music

16K001
16K Records 2006
09 Tracks. 60mins21secs

Dextro’s debut album, Consequence Music, follows a handful of EPs released over the last couple of years on Jumblefunk and Border Community, and proves to be a rather enduring collection of down tempo electronica with a nice personal touch. The solo project of Glasgow-based multi-instrumentist Ewan Mackenzie, Dextro charts a series of impressively crisp and warm psychedelic electronic moments over the course of this album.

Although the press release makes a passing comparison with fellow Scots Boards Of Canada, this actually doesn’t do Mackenzie much favours. Sure, the beats are lethargic, the soundscapes are languorous and the melodies finely crafted, but Dextro’s compositions have something of a perverse streak running through. Behind the soft brushes of analogue synths crawl darker and more disturbing tones and textures. An accomplished drummer and percussionist, who also officiates as part of experimental metal act Snowblood, Mackenzie injects elements of live drums throughout this record, giving his compositions more texture and body. Although he undertakes most of the parts himself, fellow Snowblood members David Tobin (guitar) and Graham Young (bass) lend a helping hand on Destroy The Future Of All Mankind and Itchy Boy respectively. While perfectly incorporated with Mackenzie’s electronic sections, Tobin’s contribution adds to Destroy… wonderful shimmering hue and ripples all the way through pianos and layered vocals.

Working from a rather eclectic, yet consistent, palette, Ewan Mackenzie crafts here a series of delightful evocative and cinematic pieces that appear in turn delicate and intimate or ambitious and colourful. The general mood of the album is however extremely coherent all the way through and denotes great control and maturity. As Consequence Music flies by, it continues to resound as it fades away in the distance when Rotifer gently brings it to a perfect close.

4.4/5

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Bladder Wrack
Atman
Destroy The Future Of All Mankind
Itchy Boy
Hearts And Minds
El Viento
Calcutec
Carotenoid
Rotifer

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