There seems to be a point for some producers where the beats just aren’t enough. From Calvin Harris and James Blake to a raft of EDM overindulgence, the transition to the microphone isn’t always a smooth one. Not that it’s deterred Glasgow’s Alex Menzies. After vocal dabbles on previous releases, this time his voice is the prevalent, shifting feature throughout ‘Love Over Will’. It emerges as a vocoded baritone on ‘Fair is Foul’, feels mournful and monastic on ‘All My Atoms’, and becomes dark and jumbled on ‘Manacles’.

But even with that variety, it’s a forced emphasis that feels like an unnecessary distraction. It’s on vocal-free tracks like ‘Love Over Will’ and ‘Star At The Summit’ that Menzies’ curious fusion of impressively intricate electronica stands out, but when he finds the balance, as he does on the knotty layers of ‘LossGain’ and the stripped-back minimalism of ‘Astar Mara’, a cut in the 13-strong tracklist could have given ‘Love Over Will’ the focus and clarity it lacks. Some things are better left unsung.


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