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While TWOD and Kurt Vile have gone their separate ways, they seem to be sharing an almost identical sonic trajectory – the latest offerings from both somehow still feeling remarkably attached, almost indistinguishable in parts. An idiosyncratic and engulfing use of melody plays throughout ‘Slave Ambient’ with glorious gusto. The production is meticulous yet refrained and everything here exhales a glorious concoction of swirling guitars, warbled vocals and eerie atmospheres. Comparisons to The Verve are almost inescapable, and while that may conjure up negative connotations it translates unusually well, because the album succeeds frequently in its ability to tie everything together sonically – everything has its place and is a constant means of compliment and reinforcement. Combined, it’s a lush, complex and ultimately gratifying piece of work that operates as an exploration in texture as much as it is a series of songs.

By Daniel Dylan Wray

Originally published in issue 30 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. July 2011.

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