tomasmarfod

It’s a rare thing for an electronic album to wear its heart on its sleeve. Whereas most intelligent dance music conveys icy insouciance, Tomas Barfod has produced a sophomore release of warmth and emotional resonance. From the plaintive title through to the delicate guest vocals, there’s a sense here of a celebration of vulnerable honesty. Coupled with a nascent interest in analogue synthesisers, ‘Love Me’ moves Barfod away from impassionate production and towards proper songcraft, and sure enough, it’s the songs where Barfod collaborates with singer-songwriters that are most successful.

First track ‘Bell House’ opens with a lone piano and soon introduces folk singer Luke Temple and some affectingly beautiful vocals. Long-time collaborator Nina K crops up three times and while she can’t match Temple, she suits the up-tempo productions, while Winston Yellen’s Night Beds pitches in on the gorgeous Clams Casino-style ‘Sell You’. Elsewhere, instrumental work-outs ‘Destiny’s Child’ and ‘Mandalay’ feel half-baked on an otherwise fully-formed album. Taken as a whole though, ‘Love Me’ is an accessibly rich and rewarding experience.

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